Our New Perspective (12 of 37) by John Barnett

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Our New Perspective (12 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
James 1:9-11

A Christian is a person who has come to a settled conviction that they have Christ and that's all they need in life. I think it was fitting that Royce in his prayer mentioned the person who seems to grace the front of just about every tabloid, magazine and newspaper occasionally and especially the Inquirer types constantly. In fact if you go to the supermarket you see Princess Dianna's picture in the most obtuse forms showing her less than desirable lifestyle. What I think it points out is our text this morning- James 1:9-11. I am going to point out the fact of what a Christian possesses that is so foreign in this world. I think maybe this morning in your life it might be an encouragement to share your hope in Christ. It might be an encouragement to live out what Christ wants us to have and what He wants us to have is Him and to not be searching endlessly for something else. If we have Christ what else do we want in life? We have the greatest and the most. It says in verse 9: But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position. 10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

It doesn't matter if you own Herrod's as the Al Fayed family did. It doesn't matter if you were heir to one of the greatest fortunes in the world as the Windsor family owns (Princess Dianna's former husband's family). It doesn't matter who you are the Bible says if your life is based on riches you will fade away in the midst of your pursuits. Now I want you to think about a totally different setting from the same city of London as a poet captured the concept of having Christ as being all of life.

When I was a little boy ...

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