Message From Matt | May 16, 2018

The Greatest Mind!
I heard the news about the death of Stephen Hawking this week while listening to a sports radio broadcast.  The broadcasters gave their condolences to the family and then started talking
about all of Hawking’s credentials and accolades.  Among the things that they said about Mr. Hawking’s was his resiliency for living after being diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21, and that he was the “greatest mind of our generation”.  While I do find it amazing that he lived much longer than the doctors gave him hope for, I have to completely disagree with the thought that he had the greatest mind.  After all, Hawking was evolutionist who spent most of His life asking the question, “

Where did the universe come from?”  He certainly didn’t believe that it came from God, as he said in his 2011 book, The Grand Design, “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue torch paper (a British term for a firecracker fuse) and set the universe going.” Also in a 2011 interview in The Guardian he said, “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or after-life for broken-down computer; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark

Not to sound to harsh, but I actually think that his brains components failed by beleiving that.  Heaven and hell are certainly not fairy stories and God did actually create the earth, the stars, the planets, the animals, the oceans, and man!  How do I know?  Because the Bible states it and I believe it! 
Unfortunately for Mr. Hawking, he most certainly did not have the greatest mind!  
But do you know who can have the greatest mind?  
 The way to have the greatest mind is by having the mind of Christ..the One who actually had the greatest mind!  
Paul states in 
Philippians 2:5-8Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
From these verses what characterizes a person who has the mind of Christ?  
Humility and Obedience!  
Jesus is the Lord of lords but yet He humbled Himself and washed the disciples feet!  He is the Saviour of the world but he allowed Himself to become a servant!  He is the King of kings, yet He obeyed the will of the Father to become a curse by being on the cross!  The list could go on and on regarding the humility and obedience of Christ, but my question for you is, 
How are you doing in being humble and obedient?” 
I am not always great at either of these two, but I am striving for it!  I have found out that the more I focus on the sacrifice of Christ during his torture and humiliation on the cross the more it humbles me!  I am still amazed about how much God loves me by sending Christ to die for me!  Obedience is something that I have learned as the proper response for authority!  God is the authority in my life and I need to obey!  He tells me to follow Him no matter the cost and I must obey!  
So, I want to challenge you!  Have the greatest mind, the mind of Christ!  Obey God’s Word and leading of the Holy Spirit and don’t think too highly of yourself!  Remember that Jesus humbled Himself and that we need to follow His example!
See you 
on Sunday