How can we set healthy priorities? I think it’s an important question. Good priorities help us to be the best version of ourselves. And when people set priorities well they are more successful and they have less problems and better relationships.
And to answer our question, we will turn to the Bible as always.
The Bible teaches us about two consequential mistakes that religious Christians can make.
The first mistake is we make it hard for people to start a relationship with God. Our conduct and how we are living is dishonoring God and its pushing people away. We need to bring honor to God by the way we live, by our genuineness and by our service.
The second mistake is we are spreading spiritual death. Many Christians are just all about rules and the rules are making them arrogant. If we are just known for our integrity and not our love too then it’s incomplete.
We need to be known for our love and embodying the character of God: compassion, grace, love, and his justice. When we do this then we have something worth sharing!
Today I want to talk about becoming all we could be.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow had a famous theory that says that our best life is the one in which we become all we can be.
His theory actually lines up with the Bible. As Christians we believe in a God who wants us to grow into the best possible version of ourselves.
So my question today is: How can we become all that we were meant to be? To get our answer, we look to our Bible Story from Matthew 23: 5-12. We are going to continue from last week’s sermon where Jesus criticizes the religious leaders of his day, known as the Pharisees and the scribes.
Our big idea today is: We need to choose between LOOKING good and BEING good.
Our interactions with people are really important. It doesn’t just keep us from being lonely but talking, listening and communicating in general is a huge source of gaining information and truths. We’re in a really weird place and time with information and truth. We’re in a climate where everybody has their own truths and they’re supposed to be all equal. For example, if I thought the Earth was flat, you’re not allowed to offend my beliefs. Or, we’re in a time where truth is distorted and there are terms like “gaslighting” where people make others question their belief system and worldview. We’re in a time where we can completely ignore and CANCEL their career because of some dirt we found on them 20 years ago.
What do we do with this? Do we follow people blindly? Do we gaslight others? Do we cancel people? No. We should do what is most beneficial for us and God’s Kingdom. And that is to learn and gain wisdom from our interaction with others. Wisdom is rare, but Jesus in our passage today gives us the tools to gain wisdom from any interaction you have.
So our focus question today is,
HOW CAN WE GAIN WISDOM FROM OTHERS?
And our answer to that is that we gain wisdom from others by learning from their:
Today, we are starting a new sermon series, and it’s called Taking out the Trash. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at Jesus confronting the religious leaders of his day and as it turns out, there’s a lot of wisdom to be found during this interaction. So we’re going to try our best to learn from Jesus’ words as hard as they are to hear, so that we can be effective in our lives and our God-given mission.