Cross Pointe Church

Address

1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

More Info

Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Contact

678-812-4500

in Faith

Little Faith

main image

“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

At the root of worry is the sin of unbelief.  This is why Jesus called the crowd in Galilee, “O you of little faith!”  In this passage, He challenges us to stop, look around, and consider how God cares for His creation.  Trees grow, flowers bloom, birds build nests and lay and hatch eggs… bears hibernate and snakes shed their skin… animals of prey are created with the ability to camouflage into their environment as protection from predators… and the list goes on and on. The faithfulness of God is gloriously displayed in the world He created.  When God saw all that He had made on the sixth day of creation and said, “It is very good,” He meant it.

While sin has indeed marred and corrupted God’s perfect creation, we can still see evidence that He can be trusted to meet our needs.  Jesus pointed to the grass, which is here one day and gone another, and used it to illustrate the absurdity of worry.  If God takes care of grass, feeding it and clothing it with flowers, will He not feed and clothe us, His own children?

When we worry we doubt God’s goodness and His promises.  We choose to believe that He is not who He says He is.  In essence, a lifestyle of worry makes God out to be a liar.  Worry is sin, because it is rooted in a lack of faith.  And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  But with faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, all things are possible (Matthew 17:20).

Does your life demonstrate a belief in the greatness of God?    

Prayer: Father, Help me to trust You more today.  Open my eyes to see the evidence of Your faithfulness that is all around me.  Give me the boldness to share my faith with others.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Chosen Child

main image

“You are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7

Christ-followers have gone from slaves to sons…from rebellious sinners to chosen children. And as God’s children, we are heirs of the Most-High God.  A slave must obey… a son may choose to obey out of love and honor for his father. As children of God, it is our privilege to obey our Father. Because He has freed us from slavery and made us His very own children, we are co-heirs with Christ. 

An heir is someone who is given a possession through the right of sonship.  But what is it that Christians possess through sonship? We are heirs of God’s glory (Romans 8:17). We are heirs of God’s promise (Galatians 3:29).  We are heirs of eternal life (Titus 3:7). We are heirs of the gracious gift of life (1 Peter 3:7). And we are heirs of the righteousness that comes by faith (Hebrews 11:7). God has graciously lavished on us His inheritance; and we are blessed beyond measure.

However, with great blessing comes great responsibility. “Free” does not mean lawless.  God has redeemed us from the curse of the law (death) because we were flawed, not the law. The law was good…man just could not fully keep it. And full obedience is what righteousness required.  As sons and daughters, though, we are free to obey God through the power of His Spirit who lives in and through us… moving us to obey.

This does not mean we will always keep God’s commands perfectly—but it does mean that we will desire to try.  It means that there is no condemnation when we fail.  God has chosen to punish His perfect Son, a lamb without blemish, for our transgressions so that we can stand in His presence as righteous, holy children.  Obedience now flows out of grace, not fear of punishment. We are sons, not slaves. We no longer have to strive to earn God’s favor through obedience, but are free to love God through obedience.  Now that’s what I call freedom!

Holy Father, All Your ways are good.  Your Word is flawless.  I know Your commands are for my good. I desire to obey You with a grateful heart.  Thank You for Your Spirit, who gives me the power to obey You. Thank You for freeing me from slavery and making me Your child. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.