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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799
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Coming Up Short
Christopher Wrenn was the renowned architect of his day in Britain. In 1688 he was commissioned to build a building in Windsor and he devoted his skill to that task. He created a stunning design and set of blueprints which showed the building being held up by a series of columns which left an open space on the bottom floor where business and trade could be conducted. But there were some who believed they knew more than Mr. Wrenn and insisted he add additional columns. So in the interior of the open area he designed four more columns but he intentionally left them constructed too short so they didn’t reach up to the ceiling above. They looked like the other columns; they were in the same building as the others but they bore no weight of the building and henceforth served no purpose. There are some who have the outward appearance of a Christian but they are like these columns, they come up short. There are some who are truly saved but come up short in their Christian lives. In Luke 11 there were some religious lawyers, men whose duty it was to know and teach the law, who came to Jesus questioning Him. Jesus had just gotten through speaking to the Pharisees and told them that outwardly they appeared clean but inwardly you are corrupt. They thought as long as they were clean on the outside that was all that was necessary they ignored the dirt and wickedness within. They boasted in what they gave outwardly in tithes and alms but never gave themselves to the Lord. Then one of them told the Lord you reproach us as well as you say these things. Then Jesus said plainly woe unto you for you add to the burdens of those around you by your interpretation of the Law and by your teaching of it. You add to their burden but you won’t do anything to help them carry the burden; you come up short. There are some who have the outward traits of Christianity but are doing nothing to carry the load of God’s kingdom. They are content in telling others to carry the load but are like these short columns, they come up short and do nothing. They take on no responsibility or burden themselves, only add to another’s burden. They let everyone else do the things they themselves should do as they come up short. When Jesus established the church He didn’t use any decorative columns. Each of us is called on to carry our weight but by doing that it relieves the weight our brother bears. We who are saved are to carry the weight and responsibility of the church, not just look good as these short columns did. Let me ask this week; are you coming up short?
Are you coming up short in your prayer life? How can a person live for the Lord without prayer? We are commanded to pray by Jesus Himself. In Matthew 26:41 He says “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation”. In Luke 18:1 He said “Men ought always to pray and not faint”. We need to pray for ourselves and when we cease praying we will begin to faint and fall. Not only do we need to pray for ourselves but we are commanded to pray for our enemies. In Luke 6:28 it is written “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”. Next we are to pray for laborers for the vineyard. “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest”. When is the last time we prayed for God to call preachers and missionaries into His harvest fields? Then we are to pray for our pastors as Paul asked in Second Thessalonians 3:1 as he wrote “Finally brethren pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you”. It is a sin not to pray as Samuel said in First Samuel “God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you”.
Next are you coming up short in your purpose or in your work for God? When God placed you in His family he didn’t do it because you were pretty or handsome. He didn’t place you there because you were smart or strong. He placed you there because you had a purpose and we are to serve that purpose for Him. You need to pray and seek His purpose for your life. Some say, preacher, I have prayed for years about what God wants me to do. Let me say to you today, if God has a work He wants you to perform He will not leave that a secret to you. He will let you in on it. James said “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. If you’re not hearing from God about a work He wants you to do then you are not listening or don’t want to do it. Jeremiah said “Call unto me, and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”.
Then are you coming up short in your pace or in your walk with God? We need to be walking at the same speed He is walking but sometimes we fall behind Him and follow afar off. Then there are times we get ahead of God and take matters into our own hands and leave God out of the mix. Paul said “walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. As we walk in the Spirit of God there is no room for sin in our lives. And we are also to walk by faith. Paul said again “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him”. How did we receive Him? We received Him by faith and we are to walk with Him by faith. The prophet Amos said “Can two walk together except they be agreed”? If we are to walk with the Lord it is us who need to agree with Him not Him with us.
Then lastly are you coming up short in your progress or growing and maturing in the Lord? There are so many who have been saved for years who are still babies in Christ. They have grown none in their lives for the Lord. Peter exhorts us in Second Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. How do we grow? Let me ask you, how does a baby grow? He eats milk and then as he grows he graduates to more solid foods. A Christian grows the same way; he eats the milk of the Word of God and as he digests that he goes on to more solid food from God’s Word. Some are not growing because they are eating from the wrong table as well. They are eating from the world and it’s table and they have forsaken the table of God and the Word of God.
Now I know this message has been mostly to the saved and how they may be coming up short in certain areas of their lives, but let me warn you who are not saved; you are coming up short in your personal salvation. Paul said “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. You are coming up short of what the Lord wants to do in your life. Coming up short means you didn’t make the grade and you have failed in your quest for eternal life.