Now and Forever Part 2

January 15, 2018

The preaching notes for the sermon are posted here on Online Ministry Training.

Last week we looked at

John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The life I live now, we talked about lifestyle and belief systems and I said that God is interested in you and that He created you to love you, your life matters and that we have a purpose. I want to dig a little deeper today and talk about our response to His interest in us. What does God want me to do? What does it take? Why should I do it?

Scripture Reading

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Be careful. Don’t be careless about your life. Be thoughtful. Be wise. Make the most of every opportunity. Know what God wants you to do.

1. What does He want me to do?

Live by doing the next tight thing.

Put Him first in everything.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

C. S. Lewis once said, “The only thing Christianity cannot be is moderately important.”

Luke 14:16-20 (NIV)
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

The three excuses..wealth, work, and wife.

Here’s the amazing thing about the Kingdom of God. When you seek Him first He takes care of everything else.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness – and all these things will be given to you as well.

2. How do I do that?

How do I put Him first?

1 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

1 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)
7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.

1 Timothy 4:7 (NASB77)
7 But have nothing to do with worldly fables…., discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;

Train, exercise, discipline…

You cannot be a disciple of Jesus Christ without being disciplined. The two words go together.

The word “discipline” means delayed gratification.

We are going to develop some new habits.

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

3. What is my motivation?

2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV)
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Jesus gave His life completely for you and He wants your life completely in return. And when you do, He gives you now and forever, full and abundant life!

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.

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Child of the King, husband to Alice, father to Sarah and Douglas, grand father to Samuel, Avery, Stevie, Eloise, Reed, Madeline and Margaret, pastor to the Vineyard in Big Pine Key, sometime writer and blogger, jogger, kayaker and founder of the Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (onlinebibleinstitute.org).

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