"Me Too" Won't Do

by Jose Viana

Albert Einstein's great-grandson doing a commercial? Yeah, well he did a few years ago. This particular auto manufacturer was showing that a new generation of drivers was choosing their make of car; not just their fathers and grandfathers. And he would go, "This is not my father's ___." No, I'm not going to name the car. They've got to pay for that. No, we don't do any commercials here. But they also had the sons and daughters of famous people peeling out in their - shall we call it their new car X - sometimes with their father as a passenger. This is not my father's car X. Obviously, some advertiser thought that they needed to develop a new market among the sons and daughters of the older generations who had bought that car. The next generation has to make their choice of how they're going to travel. I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "'Me Too' Won't Make It." Our word for today from the Word of God comes from 2 Timothy 1:5. Paul was writing to his spiritual son in the faith, Timothy. He says, "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother, Lois, and in your mother, Eunice, and I am persuaded now lives in you also." Okay, here's a guy with a great heritage. He has a godly grandmother who has chosen Christ. He has a godly mother who knows Christ. And now, he says, "It's reached to you, Timothy. I remember your sincere faith." Even though Timothy had a great spiritual family, a great heritage, a great environment, that wasn't enough. It took his own, personal, sincere faith in Christ to bring it into his life. He couldn't hitchhike on a godly grandmother. He couldn't hitchhike on a godly mother. That word sincere means in Latin, "without wax." It was used on plates that you'd buy at the market, or pottery that had not been patched up with wax by the merchant to cover up the cracks. When you held it up to the sunlight, really it was what it appeared to be. It was cynacera; it was sincere. It was without wax. Well, God is saying here, "Timothy, I know about your sincere, un-fake, first-hand stand-the-test faith. See, you need to have a personal visit to the cross. You can't get by on somebody else's. You might be able to re-write the commercial and say, "This is not my mother's Christian faith. This is not my father's Christian faith." Possibly you've been trying to get by on a "me too" faith. Maybe you wonder why your efforts to live the Christian life keep collapsing. Maybe there's no foundation. Could it be that you've never begun with Christ yourself, or made a commitment? You've been coasting on your Christian environment instead of really digging into Jesus for yourself. See, a "me too" faith won't make it in a world that's running away from God. You've got to have a faith that's skin like part of you, not like clothes you change for every different occasion. Maybe it's time for you to step out of the false security of a nice Christian environment. You need a Christian in-vironment. You need Christ in you, not around you. You don't need to rebel against your parent's commitment just to prove your individuality, you've got to find your own commitment to Christ...personal, powerful, and stronger than your parent's. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves. See whether or not you are in the faith." You will not be able to get into heaven on your family's faith. Can you look at your commitment and say, "This is not my parent's Christian life, or my church's. Because you're going to crash if you try to drive someone else's faith. It's time for you to say, "Jesus, you loved me. You died for me. I'm making you my Savior, my Rescuer from my sin." If you've never done that, would you tell Him today, "Jesus, I'm Yours." Go to our website to make sure you know how you belong to Him. Go to YoursForLife.net. See, you've got to choose how you're going to travel and go from "me too" to "my personal Savior."



Jose Viana
Jose Viana

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Jose is the Founder of JesusCentric. He recently celebrated the birth of his first child. He's the Director of Marketing of an agency and an Entrepreneur at heart. Currently residing in South Florida, he attends The Assembly of God, where he was ordained a Deacon. Let's connect: Email: vianajose7@gmail.com Instagram: instagram.com/vianaj7 Twitter: twitter.com/vianaj7



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