Sermon

Living Life at the Speed of God

Text: John 7:1-9 (NLT)

1 After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death.
2 But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, 3 and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! 4 You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” 5 For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.
6 Jesus replied, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime. 7 The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil.
8 You go on. I’m not going to this festival, because my time has not yet come.” 9 After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee.

  • Thesis/Premise: As a disciple of Jesus Christ your life will provide a stark contrast to the followers of this world’s philosophy. Matter of fact, you will be out of step and out of style with this world’s priorities and pursuits. Until you come to terms with this you will live a frustrated and compromising life.
  • Mission Statement: The mission of this message is to contrast the values of the Christian with those of the non-Christian in order to provide an incentive for Christians to “repent” (make changes in how they see themselves and how they live their lives) so that they can live on God’s timetable and live a God-honoring life that has eternal significance.
  • Vision Statement: I see you being set free from the unreasonable expectations and obligations that you and others place upon yourself and instead, surrendering your life more fully to Jesus Christ and thus experiencing the peace and relief of going at His pace and the joy and pleasure of experiencing His love and favor.

What You Need to Know from the Text

1) Don’t miss the significance of who Jesus really is.

  • Jesus’ brothers ‘believed’ in him, but what they believed was wrong. Like so many of the superficial disciples in chapter 6, Jesus’ brothers failed to perceive who Jesus really was. Matter of fact, their familiarity with Jesus was probably a hindrance (Prophet without honor).
    • In brief, they had projected onto him what they would have done under similar circumstances, without reckoning with the uniqueness that stamped him. (IOW, they were committing idolatry – making God in their own image.)
  • EXAMPLE: Coming into the sanctuary one day with no one else present and discovering a ball lying on the platform. What would you suppose? Many things can come to mind but the one thing you would not suppose was that it just happen to pop out of nothing into existence. Follow this out to include the entire Universe.
    • Application: How otherwise intelligent men and women can look right at the evidence and project their worldview onto it and miss seeing the Creator.
    • We can do the same thing with our understanding of Jesus and the life He seeks to give us.  For example the following must be reckoned with:
      1. John 1 – He is the eternal Word
      2. John 2 – Behold the Lamb of God
      3. John 3 – You must be Born Again
      4. John 4 – A Man that told the woman at the well everything; leading to her entire village believing that Jesus was the Savior of the World (!!!)
      5. John 5 – Jesus heals the lame man on the Sabbath—claiming to be the Lord of the Sabbath, i.e. God
      6. John 6 – Jesus walks on water // claims to be the Bread of Life

2) Don’t miss the significance of your busyness quotient.

6 Jesus replied, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime.

  • IOW (in other words), Jesus would not allow himself to be pressed into living life at the speed of this world’s demands.
    • Application: Anytime you are “too busy” it is a reminder that something is competing with what God is calling you to do.
    • IOW, there is always enough time in every day to do what God wants you to do. Therefore, when you are stressed and pressed it is because you are doing something that is not of eternal value // there is a “kingdom conflict”.
    • Worth seeing? Yes–but not worth going to see…

3) Don’t miss the significance of your popularity quotient.

7 The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil.

  • IOW, if you are not being persecuted for righteousness sake // if you are comfortable with this world // then alarm bells should be ringing in your head right now! Chances are your relationship with Jesus is not what it ought to be.

John 15:18-20 (NLT) “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.
19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.

  • Side Application: This is a reminder that everyone that knows and loves us will not support us in our decision to follow Jesus. If a choice has to be made; choose Jesus.
  • Side Application: Today’s account is also a reminder to not give up on your family \\ Jesus’ family did come around.

What You Should Do…

1) Surrender Your Right to Matter.

  • This does not mean you do not matter (Calvary demonstrates that); it only means that you have shifted from the good to the greatest reason for living…
    • John the Baptist – “He must increase and I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
    • Paul the Apostle – “For me to live is Christ.” (Galatians 2:20)
    • James a brother of Jesus – “A slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (James 1:1)
    • Jude a brother of Jesus – “A slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James.” (Jude 1:1)
    • Simon Peter – “A slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:1)
  • Example: Three dear elder “mothers” of our church—they matter (extremely!) not because they are tracking with all the things this world says is important // they matter because they are loved.
    • IOW, when you surrender your right to matter you cease having to live up to people’s expectations that only care about you for the wrong reasons anyway and instead you can rest in the care and attention of those that love—God supremely.

2) Surrender Your Right to Your Calendar.

  • “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation.” _Corrie Ten Boom
  • EXAMPLE: Elijah’s commissioning of Elisha // when Elisha asked to go say good-bye to his parents, Elijah said, “Go do what you need to do.” (1 King 19:19-20) // like Elisha—some here today that know what it is like to have the mantle (anointing) placed over your shoulder. God has allowed you time to “wrap things up” // how long is this going to take?

This means:

1) You will not get to do everything that you want to do.
2) You will not have to do everything that others say you have to do.
3) You will be able to focus on the things that have eternal significance.

3) Surrender Your Life to Jesus Christ.

The title of today’s message is: “Living Life at the Speed of God.”

  • In the end, all that is going to matter to GOD (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is the decision you made about Jesus Christ.
  • Today Jesus says, “Come unto me…”
Song: Give Them All to Jesus
Are you tired of chasing pretty rainbows?
Are you tired of spinning round and round?
Wrap up all those shattered dreams of your life
And at the feet of Jesus, lay them down.
Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus
Shattered dreams, wounded hearts, and broken toys.
Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus
And He will turn your sorrows into joy.
He never said you only see sunshine,
He never said there would be no rain.
He only promised a heart full of singing
About the very thing that once brought pain.

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