Hangin' In When You Want to Hang It Up (2 of 7) by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Hangin' In When You Want to Hang It Up (2 of 7)
Series: Home Improvement
M. Kenneth Lyon
Philippians 2:1-8
April 25, 1999

You see, God is operational in our world in ways that you and I do not fathom sometimes, simply because God prevents some things from happening that never come into view, and we're not aware of them. Robert Coles is an internationally known child psychologist. He has studied the spiritual life of children. One day he was interviewing a 12-year old boy. This 12-year old boy had a deep and abiding faith, a strong profound relationship with Jesus Christ. He did not come from a religious family. Robert Coles want to know how this young man developed his faith life, and he said it in this way, "How is it you can believe in God when you see everything going on in this world?" The young man was thoughtful for a moment, and then he said, "Dr. Coles, I have an aquarium. In that aquarium there are lots of different kinds of fish, and I really enjoy watching them. Those fish swim everyday in that aquarium, and they have their own little world. They don't even think about all that has to be done to keep their world safe, secure, functioning unpolluted. They have no idea what I do by keeping the walls clean, keeping the chemicals balanced, keeping the temperature just right. The only way those would ever know what I do is if I stop doing it."

Well, I want you to know that God is working in this world, but God limits God's power because God gives us the freedom to choose our path. But God does another amazing thing. God says, "In your quest to be salt and light, I'm giving you the privilege and responsibility to be a co-laborer with Me to craft a Kingdom of God within the Kingdom of the world. And therefore, God has chosen the church, the body of Christ as inept as we sometimes are, as imperfect as we are, as sinful as we sometimes are and says, "I want you to be my instruments of healing and help and hope in this world. I want you to be pre-e ...


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