EPIKOS CHURCH - REAL PEOPLE. REAL STORIES. AMAZING GOD.
"Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.a
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,b
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,c
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.d"
Our Father who art in Heaven is, in itself, a declaration that our natural self is dead and that we now live by the spirit. We have been born again. It is the spiritual life that is now our primary and focal existence. In this we are acknowledging not only His existence in heaven and ours on earth but rather the cutting off of our old heritage and our grafting in to the new.
Those that come from tragedy, failure, pain or relational suffering welcome this opportunity to start over but what about those who come from success? Is the call of God to start over and to be born again just for those that don't like where they are? Or is it a call to everyone?
I have often shared the gospel with an emphasis on God delivering people from their failure but the gospel call is is not limited to failure. When God calls us away from our life he calls us away from both our failures and our successes. This is why the rich young ruler was disappointed when he came to Jesus. He was looking for something to add to his success. Yet Jesus declared that his success could not be brought into the kingdom. He had to come in as a child; without accomplishment, without wealth, without security, without bragging rights. He had to come in with nothing but faith and a willingness to follow wherever he was led.
When we share the gospel we must be careful not to isolate our message to people's failures and disappointments. The full and complete gospel is a call without social or economic barriers. Everyone must make the decision. Will I give up what I have and come in faith to receive what God has for me. Will I lead my own life or will allow him to lead it for me. This question looks different for each of us but ultimately it is the same.
Whether we face the sins that lead to visible failure or the sins that lead to pride and self sufficiency we must admit our sin, accept the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross to pay for those sins and then surrender our lives to him and follow his lead. It's a call to step into a new life that acknowledges that our father is now in heaven and our primary life is the life we have in and through him.