How Do We Finish God’s Work? God has given all of us work to do. Leaders, parents, students, and workers in industry. Eventually, we all need to think about what will happen when it’s time for us to move on.
Probably all of us have felt the effects of a bad transition before — where someone left unexpectedly and it created a void or chaos in their absence.
On the other hand, a transition well done can be a tremendous blessing and even leave behind a legacy that empowers others.
Our Big Idea Today, is that… Love Demands A Succession Plan
We all make mistakes in life but we all know some mistakes are worse than others, like denting a car door is different from crashing a car. When it comes to our relationship with God we all commit small mistakes but we can also commit big ones too.
So my question today is, what are some of the biggest mistakes we can make in our relationship with God? And to answer that question we turn to our Bible story.
Some of us are going through trouble in life. And it feels unfair or it feels like it never ends. And we’re wondering, what is God doing? We thought he was looking out for us! But sometimes life makes no sense.
Which leads me to my big question today. I want to ask, what can we know about God’s plan for our future? I believe if we can answer this question, we’ll be able to live more boldly with more courage and less anxiety. So as always let’s turn to the Bible for our answer.
Whenever there is influence there is leadership, all of us have a level of influence on our friends and family. So in that way we all lead and if we lead well, we can bring out the best in others but if we lead poorly it could lead to bad consequences.
So my question today is: What kind of leader does God want us to be? Our Bible story today is about a confrontation between two leaders – Moses and Korah. It’s a story of a good leader and a bad leader, and it reveals two traits that we can all work on:
1. Bad leadership puts personal convenience first 2. Good leadership puts others first
There are so many toxic cycles we fall into. We can have a toxic cycle with body image, where we have a bipolar relationship with food and fitness. We can fall into the same toxic dating patterns where I’m sure you see it with your friends but people date the same kind of terrible partners over and over again. And we don’t know why. There are cycles of unhealthy mindsets like rage quitting where you’d fall into the mentality of “screw it, everyone sucks, nothing matters. Nothing I do changes anything.” But of all these cycles, the greatest one that encompasses the rest is the cycle of sin.
Now what is sin? Sin is missing the mark. When you do something that is off-track with what life should be about. With that said, sin is not simply a rare mistake someone makes once in a while but rather, it can be defined as not living with perfect values that God has intended. Things like love, justice, mercy and faithfulness. Whenever our lives are off track with that, that’s sin. And you probably realize that nobody can do that perfectly. And so every Christian, no matter how mature they are, must constantly deal with this vicious cycle of sin. If we are arrogant or appethic to our sin, our rebellion, our toxic tendencies and cycles, it’s going to cost you a lot in the future.
And so that leads us to our question: How do we break out of a cycle of sin?
And the answer we see today in our passage is that we break out of our cycle of sin when we:
As Christians there are things we can do to get stronger and healthier spiritually.
I believe if you understand WHY we train spiritually, you’ll have a much better chance of sticking to a good routine. Because when you understand what’s going on spiritually, you will see your life does depend on your spiritual fitness. And not only your life but the lives of people around you.
So my question is, why should we train spiritually? And the answer I want to show you is that We train to SEE and INFLUENCE in life- changing ways.