This past Sunday we kicked off the New Year by starting a sermon series called RESET: What is Life About? We are going to be taking the month of January to see in scripture what God says about our purpose in life and dream together about pursuing this as a church.
In order to live for what matters most, though, we have to see ways that we can be tempted to live for other things. Even if we have been a follower of Jesus for decades, we can still struggle with serving other “gods”. Below are some examples I gave on Sunday. I’d encourage you to pray over this list and ask God to reveal to you what might be present in your heart.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psa 139:23-24 ESV)
What do you feel you need in your life in order to be happy? What do you get the most sad, or angry, about when you don’t have it? What makes you feel afraid?
How we answer those questions can reveal what our hearts are really worshipping. For example,
I am most happy when I have power and influence over others. I get mad, sad, or afraid when I feel like I’m not in control (worshipping power)
I am most happy when I am loved and respected. I fear other’s poor opinions and get sad or mad when there are people who don’t think well of me (worshipping approval)
I am most happy with a particular quality of life. I get mad, or afraid, if that is at risk. (worshipping comfort)
I am most happy when I’m highly productive and getting a lot done. I fear, or get mad, when I have to slow down (worshipping our work)
I am most happy when I am being recognized for my accomplishments. I get angry when people don’t give me what I think I deserve. (worshipping achievement)
I am most happy if I have a certain level of wealth, financial freedom, and very nice possessions. I fear not being able to get what I want (worshipping materialism)
Or think about it this way: when things go bad and you’re stressed, what do you run to for “salvation”? Do you run to drugs or alcohol? Do you run to food? Do you run to pornography? Do you run to gambling? Do you just run away by going to bed and pulling the covers over your head?
Friends, only God is worthy of our worship. Let’s hit the reset button and get back to living for what matters most.
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Rom 11:36 ESV)
Grace and peace,
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