Thursday, January 7, 2010

Keeping it Simple

The beginning of a New Year seems like an appropriate time for us to look ahead and set some goals -- to make some New Year resolutions. They say that in America, the two most popular New Year resolutions deal with health and wealth. A very high percentage of Americans are over-weight, so losing pounds is a very popular New Year goal, thus improving one’s health. And everyone would like to have more money, even more so this year with our economy in a recession.

As followers of Christ, health and wealth are secondary goals, not primary goals. I want us to stop, remember and recommit to God’s primary goals for us. After all it is fairly easy to let secondary goals become primary goals. So for the next two Sundays, I want to look at two texts and review what God has said are our primary goals. In preparation for Sunday, I invite you to look at Matthew 22:34-40 and ask yourself: “If this was my primary goal, how might I live life differently than I do now?” If you want to gain more insight from the context, I would suggest you start your reading from Matthew 22:15.

  • Your eternal purpose is to love God and become like Jesus
    • Matthew 22:34-38 – The greatest commandment of God Romans 8: 28-29; Galatians 5:22-23; Galatians 5:19-21
  • Your earthly mission is to help others love God and become like Jesus Matthew 22:39; Luke 10:29-37
  • The six Ps to fulfilling God's purpose
    • Live in the presence of God. John 15:5; Acts 4:13; Joshua 1:9
    • Trust in the promises of God. Matthew 28:20; 2 Peter 1: 3-4
    • Be led by the promptings of God. John 16:13-14; Galatians 5:25-26
    • Be driven by the passions of God. Acts 20:24
    • Focus on the priorities of God. John 17:4; Matthew 6:25,32,33; Matthew 6:19-21
    • Serve in the power of God. John 15:5b; Ephesians 3:20

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