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Changing Your Look
by Eddie Lawrence

This is a relevant message which I will be sharing in the morning where I minister. It is to challenge people to change the way they view a person who is seen as ungodly, they way they view Jesus and the way they view themselves as believers. Of course, you will need to expand the following thoughts, but there are enough of them to get you started down a good trail of thought, hopefully "inspired" thought.

The Central Challenge
of this Message is “We have to change the way we look at lost people.”
The CentralTruth of This Message is "Christ Died for the Ungodly."

Key Passage

Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (NKJV) For different version, click here.

1. What is the meaning of ungodly?

Illustration–Remember the advertising campaign that 7-up ran where 7-Up was called the UN-cola? In other words it was not dark and like other colas? Well, GOD is GOD and the ungodly are not like him.

Godly = like God
Ungodly = unlike God

We are to become more and more like Jesus (The God Man).

2. Who are the ungodly?
We have all been UN-done or done by the UN.
We often speak of the ungodly as them. The ungrammatical truth is THEM IS US and US is THEM
Before we are saved, we are without Christ. Even after we saved, we can experience time when we choose to do what we do as if we were without Christ.

Christ died for the ungodly v6
Christ died for us v8
All of us were saved as ungodly people.

There is still ungodliness in us all that the Spirit of God will expose and change if we allow Him. This is the process of sanctification. We are complete in Christ but we are not yet completely like Christ. I am not saying we are all still in rebellion. I am saying that within us all there are still areas that can lead to rebellion if we do not allow Jesus to change us.

3. We need to reorient our thinking.
We often view people who are lost and even believers who are struggling with ungodly behavior in a way that causes us to avoid them. Yet Jesus came across the galaxies to become a man in order to seek them (us) out.

We can avoid the ungodly
We can attack the ungodly
We can approach the ungodly
—To share with them
–To serve them
–To sacrifice for them. Jesus died for them.

4. Christ died for us.

If he died for us then we have to remember he did what he did when we were totally ungodly. It was not because of our great merit and the need of the Kingdom for our great gifts and talents. It was because of the heart of God toward us, certainly not our heart toward Him.

5. We have to look at lost people the way Jesus looks at them.
Illus—Dying for others
There have been men who have won the Congressional Medal of Honor for throwing themselves on a grenade to save their buddies. This is an extreme example of laying your life down for your friends. But the passage we study today says Jesus laid his life down for his enemies. Imagine a soldier throwing himself on a live grenade to save the person who threw it. This is what Jesus did. Each of us in our own ways have thrown a grenade at God.

6. We have to look at Father the way the Jesus looks at him.
Illustration – Franklin Graham and His Daddy
Jesus only did what He saw the Father do. So his responses to lost and ungodly people reveal to us God's heart for them as well.

7. We need the revelation that Father looks at us the way He looks at Jesus.

We have been reconciled. We have been justified by his blood. We have peace with God. We are joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We receive all the benefits that belong to Jesus.


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