“YROLG” (PARTAKE SERIES #8)
THE PARTAKING OF GLORY (1 Peter 5:1ff)
FBC Earlville 6-23-13 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “SELLING BIBLES” [pasted at bottom of message]
By now you are seasoned veterans with the Biblical word, “partake” = “communion, partner with, one with, abide with”. Next week will be our final lesson in this word – but we will never exhaust our daily use of “partake”. And today’s lesson causes us to ask the question: “When I partner with Christ, when I abide with Him, whose glory is on display, His – or mine?” PRAYER
#1 PARTAKER OF THE GLORY (v. 1) [“a partaker of the glory that will be revealed”]
* We are introduced to Peter. We have images of him that are not too good – denying Christ, deserting him, cutting off Malchus’ ear in the Garden of Gethsemane.
But look at our text: he id’s himself as an “elder” = a “mature, seasoned veteran of the faith” who here is able to train and encourage other like elders!
* “A witness of Christ sufferings” – Peter saw them. He saw the death & burial, the denials, the trials, the abuse, and the resurrection.
* He is addressing leaders who hadn’t personally seen these, but would learn of Peter and be willing to live those sufferings.
* Note “will” = “will partake; will share” This is a statement of absolute assurance.
* It is a statement of identity: share in present sufferings/share in future glory
“Glory” = “honor and splendor” (Amp) – our oneness with Christ is eternal!
But it is HIS G*L*O*R*Y (otherwise we have it backwards: “YROLG”)
#2 CROWN OF GLORY (v. 4) [“the crown of glory that does not fade away”]
* Note the service of vs. 2-3: we are ALL involved in this work!
* “God will see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly” (Message)
* Familiar term: “crown of glory” = “victor’s crown/wreath at a competition
* See 1 Cor. 9:24-27 For us all!
* Rev. 2-3 “victorious overcomers” of present day church!
And the GLORY is the Lord’s! (otherwise: backwards!)
#3 ETERNAL GLORY (v. 10) [“called us to His eternal glory”]
* We’re invited to see today in light of eternity!
* Note the suffering is “a little while” in comparison to eternity
* “HIS”” eternal glory – HE owns it
* The Father will complete what He has started! (Phil. 1:6) – NOTE the progress we’ve made! We began by hearing God’s Word that He loved us. We received Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. We became associated with a local church and have enjoyed its fellowship. We learned to read our Bibles and to grow in our love for our Lord. And finally, one day, we will be Home to GLORY!
Reminder: While these promises are true, we need to learn NOT to be so settled down that we forgot we have a HOME to go to! Listen to the words of the first verse of Stephen Curtis Chapman’s “Not Home Yet”:
To all the travelers
Pilgrims longing for a home
From one who walks with you
On the journey called life’s road
It is a long and winding road
From one who’s seen the view
And dreams of staying on the mountain high
And one one who’s cried like you
Wanting so much just to lay down and die
I offer this, we must remember this
We are not home yet
We are not home yet
Keep on looking ahead
Let your heart not forget
We are not home yet
Not home yet
So close your eyes with me
And hear the Father saying “welcome home”
Let us find the strength
In all His promises to carry on
CONCLUSION “To God be the glory!” (v. 11) [“To Him be the glory”]
A permanent situation in which NOTHING will detract or distract us from God & God alone
* That is ours, promised for sure, now!
We’re invited to share in that focus, NOW!
“He gets the last word” (Message)
Illus.: Crowning of Miami Heat/Lebron James. When Mr. James received his MVP trophy, rather than say, “I am the greatest”, he said:
“Listen, I can’t worry about what everybody says about me,” James said, as confetti fell around him. “I’m LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I’m not even supposed to be here. That’s enough. Every night I walk into the locker room, I see a No. 6 with James on the back, I’m blessed. So what everybody says about me off the court, don’t matter. I ain’t got no worries.”
* If FOREVER is to be “with the Lord”, let’s ask ourselves:
1) Am I living as if I’m settled here?
2) Am I living as if my settlement is in GLORY?
(otherwise we have it backwards!) CLOSE IN PRAYER
A pastor concluded that his church was getting into very serious financial troubles. While checking the church storeroom, he discovered several cartons of new Bibles that had never been opened and distributed.
So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the congregation who would be willing to sell the Bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the church.
Jack, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task.
The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen and were likely capable of selling some Bibles. But he had serious doubts about Louie who was a local farmer, who had alwayskept to himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment.
Poor Louie stuttered badly. But, NOT WANTING TO discourage Louie, the minister decided to let him try anyway.
He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked with Bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.
Anxious to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately asked Jack, “Well, Jack, how did you make out selling our Bibles last week?”
Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Jack replied, “Using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 Bibles, and here’s the $200 I collected on behalf of the church.”
“Fine job, Jack!” The minister said, vigorously shaking his hand…”You are indeed a fine salesman and the church is indebted to you.”
Turning to Paul, “And Paul, how many Bibles did you sell for the church last week?” Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently replied, ‘I am a professional salesman. I sold 28 Bibles on behalf of the church, and here’s $280 I collected.’
The minister responded, “That’s absolutely splendid, Paul. You are truly a professional salesman and the church is indebted to you.”
Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louie and said, “And Louie, did you manage to sell any Bibles last week?” Louie silently offered the minister a large envelope.
The minister opened it and counted the contents. “What is this?” the minister exclaimed. “Louie, there’s $3200 in here! Are you suggesting that you sold 320 Bibles for the church, door to door, in just one week?”
Louie just nodded.
“That’s impossible!” both Jack and Paul said in unison. “We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many Bibles as we could.”
“Yes, this does seem unlikely,”the minister agreed. “I think you’d better explain how you managed to accomplish this, Louie.”
Louie shrugged.. “I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don’t kn-kn-know f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,” he stammered.
Impatiently, Peter interrupted. “For crying out loud, Louie, just tell us what you said to them when they answered the door!”
“A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was,” Louis replied, “W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this B-B-B-B-Bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks—o-o-o-or—wo-wo-would yo-you j-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you?”