Does Your World Revolve Around the Son?

Matthew 22:34-38

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

I have a question for you this morning.  Does your world revolve around the Son?  Turn to your neighbor and ask them, does your world revolve around the Son?

The Solar System[b] is the gravitationally bound system of the Sun and the objects that orbit it, either directly or indirectly.[c] Of the objects that orbit the Sun directly, the largest are the eight planets,[d] with the remainder being smaller objects, the dwarf planets and small Solar System bodies. Of the objects that orbit the Sun indirectly—the moons—two are larger than the smallest planet, Mercury.[e]

The vast majority of the system’s mass is in the Sun, with the majority of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter. The four smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are terrestrial planets, being primarily composed of rock and metal. The four outer planets are giant planets, being substantially more massive than the terrestrials. The two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are gas giants, being composed mainly of hydrogen and helium; the two outermost planets, Uranus and Neptune, are ice giants, being composed mostly of substances with relatively high melting points compared with hydrogen and helium, called volatiles, such as water, ammonia and methane. All eight planets have almost circular orbits that lie within a nearly flat disc called the ecliptic.  

I said all of that to say this, all of the planets, moons, and other objects in our solar system orbit the sun.  They revolve around the sun because the sun is their source of light and energy.  Especially for the terrestrial planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars because they are closest to the sun.  The further away the planets are from the sun the less light and energy they receive.  

I could stop right there and let you know that the closer you are to the Son the more light and energy you will have. The further you are from the Son the less light and energy you will have.  And someone in the room knows exactly what I am talking about…  Your life was at its worst when you were out in the world doing your own thing.  You knew you were raised better than that, but you chose to live a life without God, and you were in darkness.  You had no energy, no power, no get up and go.  But as you turned your life around, came back to Jesus.  You began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  You began to feel hope again.  You started going back to church, praying, and reading your Bible again.  And your world turned from darkness to light.  From night to day.  You began to feel the energy of the Holy Spirit lifting you up, guiding you, and leading you in the path of righteousness for His names sake.  Come on and give God a praise if you know what I’m talking about.  We have to stay close to the son!  The closer I get to you…

But back to my point, these outer space objects orbit or revolve around the sun because the sun is their source.  So just like the planets, moons, and other objects revolve around the Sun, our world should revolve around the Son.  Not the SUN, but the SON.  The problem is we are too self-centered and more often than not our world revolves around us.  

Our world revolves around our wants, our desires, our ambitions, our families, our children.  

Our world revolves around everything except what it should revolve around, the son.  So, I will ask the question again.  Does your world revolve around the son? This is like the question that the Pharisee, the expert in the late, or some say the lawyer asked Jesus in our text today.  Let’s take a look.

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

He was testing Jesus to see if he thought the law was important or relevant.  

He was trying to get Jesus to put his foot in his mouth.  

He was trying to get Jesus to say some thing that would get him in trouble.  

He was trying to get Jesus to say something that he could not turn around or spin in his favor.  

He was trying to get Jesus to say something that would make him look guilty in the eyes of the Pharisees so they would have cause to kill him.  

Little did he know that he was talking to Jesus.  The son of God.  The writer and the creator of the law that he was trying to trick him with.  That’s like trying to trick an author with questions about a book that she or he wrote.  It just doesn’t make sense and its not going to work.  But nonetheless, Jesus answered him, and this is the answer that we should all have when were asked about the greatest commandment.  Or we’re asked about who, how, and what we believe.  Jesus says to Love the Lord, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  

Let’s break that down a little bit more.  What exactly does it mean to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind.  Well first we need to look at what heart, soul, and mind mean in this text.

The word heart in the Greek is Kardia, it is where we get the term cardiology.  The study of the heart.  We all know that the heart is the central organ in an animal that pumps blood throughout the body.  It is the organ that sustains our lives.  It is also the center of all physical and spiritual life.  It is the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and the seat of thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors. So you have to love the Lord with all of your heart, with all of your Kardia.

Soul in the Greek is psuche, which is the breath of life.  The vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing.  This is the breath of life that God breathed into Adam after He formed him from the dust.  The body dies, but the soul lives on.  That is why we are in the soul saving and/or the soul winning business.  Because your soul is your life.  You have to love the Lord with all of your soul,  with all of your psuche!

Mind in the Greek is dianoia, which is the mind as the faculty of understanding, feeling, and desiring.  It’s your way of thinking and feeling.  Some may say your spirit.  Your thoughts, either good or bad.  Your conscience!  You must love the Lord with all of your mind, with all of your dianoia!

In other words, you have to love the Lord with every aspect of who you are and when we do this our world will revolve around the Son.  You cannot love someone in this manner and not have your world revolve around them.

Come on now, when you love someone or something, I mean when really love someone or something your world tends to revolve around that someone or something.  Jesus is saying that someone should be Him.  

Just look at the average stay at home mom (which is a oxymoron because there is no such thing as an average stay at home mom).  Her world revolves around her husband, kids, and house work.

Just look at the average mother (again another oxymoron…) Her world revolves around her job, her husband if she has one, her kids.

Just look at the average father or stay at home father.  His world revolves around his family and his job.  And I am not saying that those things are not important.  What I am saying is that our worlds should revolve around Son, and if they did the other areas of our life would be in better shape.  

So here is the relevant question.  How can we make sure that our world revolves around the son?  I am so glad that you asked.

The first way that we make sure our world revolves around around the son is to focus on the son.  I know what you’re thinking.  How in the world do I do that?  How do I focus on the the son?  It’s actually very simple.  You focus on the son the way that you focus on everything else.  Look at your neighbor and tell them, you need to focus on the son the way you focus on everything else.  Now you are all looking at me as if I said something crazy and unbelievable.  So let me show you what I’m talking about.  You focus on your finances.  

You make sure that you are making enough money to pay your mortgage or your rent.  

You make sure you have enough money to pay your gas, electric, water, and cable bill.  

You make sure you have enough money to pay your cell phone bill.  

You make sure you have enough money to pay your car note.  You make sure you have enough money to go grocery shopping. You make sure you have enough money to get your hair and nails done.  

You make sure you have enough money to get that new outfit and shoes because you want everyone else to now or think that you have enough money.  

You focus on your finances.  Now do you see what I am saying.  I don’t think you do.  So not only do you focus on your finances.  You focus on your family.  

What does my spouse need?  

What do the kids need?  

What about my parents?  

What about my siblings?  

What about auntie and uncle?  

What about my grandkids?  

What about my grandparents.  

You focus on your families.  

Do you see where I’m going with this?  I don’t think you do.  Not only do we focus on our family.  Not only do we focus on our finances.  We focus on our faults and follies.  All the the things that have gone wrong in our lives. We focus on our problems.  We worry about this and we worry about that.  We are constantly focused on the wrong things.  But if we would just focus on the Son he would take care of our finances.  

If we just focused on the son He would take care of our family.  

If we just focused on the son he would take care of our follies and faults.  

We have to be like Joshua when he told the Israelites in the wilderness who were focused on everything but, God.  As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  And have a made up mind to focus on God.  

Have a made up mind to talk to God more.  

Have a made up mind to read the word more. 

Have a made up mind to come to church more.  

Have a made up mind to come to bible study more.  

Have a made up mind to walk in your calling.  

And when you do this you will be focused on the Son, and you will see that when you are focused on the Son, the Son will be focused on you.

The first way that we make sure our world revolves around the son is to focus on the son.  The second way that we make sure our world revolves around the son is to fight for the son.  I do not know why people think that Christians are weak, willy nilly push overs.  We will fight for the son.  We have to fight for what we believe in.  People today want us to change and compromise our beliefs in order to be politically correct.  But if living right and preaching what I believe makes me politically incorrect, I guess I am going to be politically incorrect.  Besides the man in the Oval Office has thrived on being politically incorrect, but we have to stand our ground.  What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.  I am not trying to hurt anybody’s feelings, but the truth hurts.  So here’s a bandage, an ice pack, a hug, and a couple of Tylenol.  Because my Bible tells me that the truth will set us free.  We have to fight for the son.  There were times in the Bible when Jesus did not take any mess.  Like the time he was hungry and when saw the fig tree, but it did not have any fruit on it.  So he cursed the tree and the next day the tree was dead.  Or the time when he went into the temple and did not like what he seen so he started turning over tables and beating people.  Jesus was not a push over and neither should we be.  We have to fight for the son.

The first way that we make sure our world revolves around the son is to focus on the son.  The second way that we make sure our world revolves around the son is to fight for the son.  The third way we make sure our world revolves around the son is to have faith in the son.  Now faith is substance of things hope for.  The evidence of things not seen.  We have to have faith in the son.  

We have to believe in who he says he is.  

We have to believe that he is going to do what he said he’s going to do.  

We have to believe that when he forgives us we are forgiven.  

We have to believe that when he heals us we are healed.  

We have to believe that when he makes a way the way is made. We have to believe that when he makes our enemies our footstools, they are in deed our footstools.  

We have to believe that Jesus is seated on the right hand side of God interceding for us. 

We have to believe that he will come through.  

We have to believe that it will happen.  

We have to believe that this too will pass.

We have to believe that COVID-19 will end.

We have to believe that Social Injustice will end.

We have to believe that yet again we shall overcome.

We have to have faith in the son.  It is so easy to give God praise after he blesses us, but I was just wondering if there is anyone in the house that has a yet praise for God.  You know what I a talking about.  You’ve asked God for some things that haven’t happened yet.  God has promised you some things that haven’t happened yet.  But you are going to praise him anyway.  You are going to be like Marvin Sapp and praise him in advance.  Anybody want to give God a yet praise because you have faith in the Son.

You haven’t got the job yet.

You haven’t got the promotion yet.

You haven’t got the call yet.

You haven’t got the car yet.

You haven’t got the house yet.

You haven’t got approved yet.

You haven’t graduated yet.

Your kids haven’t got saved yet.

You haven’t received your healing yet.

You haven’t gotten over it yet.

You aren’t where you want to be yet.

You’re not out of debt yet.

You haven’t fully recovered yet.

You haven’t made it yet.

We can give God a yet praise because we have faith in the son.

Our world must revolve around the son, and in order for our world to revolve around the son we must focus on the son, fight for the son, and have faith in the son.  And when our world revolves around the son this is what will happen.  

We will receive his light, which is his power and his energy.

We will receive his love, and I can’t think of a better thing to receive from the son than his love.  

We will become his lures.  You know what lures are right?  It’s what fishermen use to entice the fish to bite. When our world revolves around the son.  When we focus on the son, fight for the son, and have faith in the son.  We receive his light, his love and become his lures.  I keep telling you it is not about us, but we want to be used to bring others into God’s orbit.  We want to be used like a gravitational pull that will lure the lost into the kingdom of God.

Let me close with this story.

Jesus locked in the room

Once there was this very wealthy young man. He lived in a great, elaborate house with dozens of rooms. Each room was more comfortable and more beautiful than the one before it. There were paintings and sculptures. Crystal chandeliers, golden, ornate railings on the stairs. More beauty than most have ever seen.

One day he decided to invite the Lord to come and stay with him.

When the Lord arrived, this young man offered him the very best room in the house. The room was upstairs and at the end of the hall.

“This room is yours, Jesus! 

Stay as long as you like and you can do whatever you want to in this room, remember Jesus, it’s all yours.” “Thank you” the Lord replied, and with that the man shut the door and went about his daily business.

That evening after he had retired for the night there came a loud knocking at the front door.

The young man pulled on his robe and made his way downstairs. When he opened the door he found that the devil had sent three of his demons to attack the man.

He quickly tried to close the door but one of the demons kept sticking his foot in. Sometime later, after a great struggle, he managed to slam the door shut and returned to his room totally exhausted.

“Can you believe that!” the man thought,

“Jesus is upstairs in my very best room sleeping while I am down here battling demons. Oh, well, maybe he just didn’t hear.”

He slept fitfully that night. The next day things went along as normal and, being as tired as he was, the young man retired early that evening.

Along about midnight, there came such a terrible ruckus at the front door that the young man was sure that whatever it was would tear the door down. He stumbled down the stairs once again and opened the door to find that there were dozens of demons now trying to get into his beautiful home.

For more than three hours he fought and struggled against the demons from hell and finally overpowered them enough to shut the door against their attack.

All energy seemed to fail him. “I really don’t understand this at all. Why won’t the Lord come to my rescue? Why does he allow me to fight all by myself? I feel so alone.” 

Troubled he found his way to the sofa and fell exhausted into a restless sleep.

The next morning he decided to inquire of the Lord about the happenings of the last two evenings. Quietly he made his way to the elegant bedroom where he had left Jesus. “Jesus,” he called as he tapped at the door.

“Lord, I don’t understand what is happening. For the last two nights I have had to fight the demons away from my door while you laid up here sleeping. Don’t you care about me? Did I not give you the very best room in house?” He could see the tears building in Jesus’ eyes but continued on, “I just don’t understand. I really thought that once I invited you in to live with me that you would take care of me and I gave you the best room in my house and everything. What more can I do?”

“My precious child,” Jesus spoke so softly.

” I do love and care for you. I protect all that you have released into my care. But when you invited me to come here and stay, you brought me to this lovely room and you shut the door to the rest of your house. I am Lord of this room but I am not Master of this house. I have protected this room and no demon may enter here.”

“Oh, Lord, please forgive me. Take all of my house – it is yours – I am so sorry that I never offered you all to begin with. I want you to have control of everything.”

With this he flung open the bedroom door and knelt at Jesus’ feet. “Please forgive me Lord for being so selfish.”

Jesus smiled and told him that He had already forgiven him and that He would take care of things from now on. That night as the young man prepared for bed he thought to himself, ” I wonder if those demons will return. I am so tired of fighting them each and every night.”

But he knew that Jesus said that he would take care of things from now on.

Along about midnight the banging on the door was frightening. The young man slipped out of his room in time to see Jesus going down the stairs. He watched in awe as Jesus swung open the door, no need to be afraid. Satan stood at the door this time demanding to be let in. “What do you want, Satan?” the Lord asked. 

The devil bowed low in the presence of the Lord, “So Sorry, I seem to have gotten the wrong address.” And with that, he and the demons all ran away.

I just want to know that is there anybody here that I ready for their world to revolve around the son because the only way that God is going to be in every part of your world is if every part of your world revolves the Son.

If you want his protection make sure your world revolves around the son.

If you want his provision.

If you want to be blessed.

If you want to be healed.

If you want to reach your full potential.

If you want to walk in your calling.

If you want your children saved.

If you want your breakthrough.

If you desire deliverance.

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tird.

If you’re ready to shatter the glass ceiling.

If you’re ready to go to the next level. 

Make sure your world revolves around the son.

We have to focus on the son.

We have to fight for the son.

We have to have faith in the son.

We will receive his light.

We will receive his love.

We will become his lures.


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