january 13, 2019
At the beginning of a new year, we often ask questions like: What should I do about me?
But, what if we started asking: What needs to be done around me?
In our community, city, neighborhood, people, world…
Last week – we asked a big life question and looked at the life of Nehemiah who answered this for him by making a significant impact in the lives of others.
What breaks your heart?
A challenge with this question and why we often avoid it is: It will cost you.
It will require some time, money, effort, values adjustment.
Jesus makes a statement “like” this :: Whoever devotes themselves to themselves will have nothing but themselves to show for themselves.
“Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Luke 14:24-27 NIV)
Jesus is not saying to hate anyone. He is simply using words to challenge who is our ultimate priority, authority, and leader.
The essence of following Jesus is self-denial, not self-improvement.
Denying yourself is saying “no” to you so you can say “yes” to something bigger than you.
Jesus invites us into something far better, more freeing, and healing than just ourselves.
The simple truth is that :: You are not enough for you to live for!
God has wired you, shaped you, prepared you for something greater than you!
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” - Pablo Picasso
“Purpose is always found just across the border of ‘What’s in it for me’” - Andy Stanley
So……What breaks your heart? Who’s doing something about that? How can you help?
Whoever devotes themselves to themselves will he nothing but themselves to show for themselves. BUT… If you devote yourself to more than yourself, you will have more than yourself to show for yourselfW