Monday, July 18, 2011

What is God's Place in Your Life

Last Sunday Jeremy preached at a church in the mountains of NC where we are hoping he will be working as the  youth pastor soon.  We went to meet the congregation and for them to hear him preach, etc.   They will be voting on him in the next couple of weeks, we are so excited and hopeful!  We love the church and really hope everything works out for us to serve there.

Jeremy preached an awesome sermon.  It was probably the best one I have ever heard him preach.  It was titled, "What is God's Place in Your Life".  I'd like to give you a little snippet of his sermon.

He posed the question, "What is God's Place in Your Life" and then took us to 3 passages of Scripture to answer what place He should be.

Daniel 4:34-35

Psalm 23

Romans 5:6

Daniel 4:34-35 says, "But at the end of that period, I Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.  All inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, 'what have You done?'.

The basic meaning of this passage is that:
1} God CAN, HAS, and WILL DO whatever He wants and there is nothing we can do about it
2} We are WEAK as humans "all inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing..."
3} Because God is so POWERFUL and we are so WEAK, we are to fear the Lord.  Not be afraid, but be in awe, and hold in reverence.

Psalm 23 is a common passage that I'm sure you know.  I won't post the whole passage here but you can read it here:

For this passage Jeremy brought out that:
1}David is calling God his Shepard because He is providing all of his needs
2} In the ancient Near East, Shepard was a common term for a king.  If you think about it, a Shepard and a king share the same vital duties, and provide for their subjects in many of the same ways.  Not only is God David's Shepard, but also his King.
3} We, as the "sheep" are dumb, just as sheep are dumb.  We cannot take care of ourselves.
3} We must have the same dependence on God that a sheep does for its Shepard.

Romans 5:6 says, "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly"

No matter how helpless and weak we are, God still loves us and in the midst of our helplessness, gave us the ultimate gift.  Christ's life for ours.

We know that Christ is the Good Shepard , and He is our Good King.

Jeremy used a great illustration using the games of chess.

In chess, the entire point of the game is to protect your King.  The pawns are there to protect the opponent from reaching your most vital piece, the King.

In contrast, Christ, our King, died for His pawns, us.  That is opposite of anything this world says.  The King doesn't die for the people, the people die for the King.  But our King is so great and so loving that He chose to empty himself for His people and give up His life for ours.  (Philippians 2:5-11)

Daniel said that He is all powerful and humans are nothing

Psalms says He is willing to lead us and feed us despite our weakness

Romans says that He doesn't just take care of us, but loves us.

Our all powerful God loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us.

So, in response, what is God's place in your life?

Our answer should be that we are desperately dependent on Him.  

He is our King, our Shepard, and without Him we have nothing. With Him we are fed, nurtured, and most of all loved... no matter what.

How great is our God!


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