In your pursuit of life are you really finding what your heart actually longs for? My guess is, at best, you are finding a counterfeit. This week, I wanted to take you to some profoundly impactful words of Jesus so you can grab a hold of the real adventure God has for you. Need prayer? visit my.oswegochristian.com/pray to post a request. Subscribe to our podcast on your phone to automatically have new messages downloaded weekly: in iTunes (http://my.oswegochristian.com/iTunes) or Android (http://my.oswegochristian.com/Google)
What drives you?
-keeps you awake at night? wake up the morning thinking – I have to get that done.
worried about your health?
worried about your job?
furnace acting up and you don’t know where you’ll get the money?
What at a deeper level? What drives you?
I have noticed in myself a deep sense of dissatisfaction over how my life is going or has gone. Now, listen, if you asked me how things were at any point in time, I’d probably tell you great. What I mean is
I always have this feeling of “I’m not enough…”
Like, I’m not a good enough leader, father, husband, etc.
I’m not doing enough
Gotta do more, gotta be more, gotta get more done…
does that resonate with any of you?
There is this deep fear in me that
I’m just not enough…
Surely I’m not alone in this…
-dieting Americans do ($33 billion/year)
-work-a-holics? (many avg. 50hr/wk)
-girls cover beautiful faces with makeup to get love from boys
-hunger for sexual release feel good about self till the guilt settles in
-hours away from home volunteering, giving, trying to prove to you are enough…
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
context, middle of offering talk. Telling how thankful he is for their support – how they have financially come around the mission of God.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Calmer water is on top, the deeper it is… the more turbulent, the more shallow…
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
In Phoenix sitting with a billionaire… Here’s what struck me. You wouldn’t have known it by just sitting with him. He spoke mostly of Jesus…
Here is Paul, saying, “I know what it is to live in mansions and I know what it’s like to be hungry like a dog on the street.”
But in all of it, I’ve learned a secret to be content.
Doesn’t that sound so good?
To learn a secret that gives you the means to get through it all?
-learn secret allows you to let down wall of having it all together?
one of the most misquoted verses in the world comes in…
What is the secret to contentment in any and all circumstances?
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Paul’s secret sauce was Jesus
[BRING A SUITCASE AND PILLOW ALL LOADED UP]
as man – the smaller the suitcase the more of a man.. trying to get my pillow in last…
If you just take what Paul says, and try to shove it into your current life, with all your striving and feelings of never enough
You’ll just end up being frustrated…
gotta work more hours
never get done without me
don’t lose this weight how can I hope for him to love me
If I don’t do it, no one will
People count on me, I can’t let them down
If I can just have one more…
Pack all of this burden and weight into your soul and then try and shove
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” on top
You won’t find contentment
You’ll find guilt, shame, and disillusionment…
Paul’s point is not that he has figured out how to be enough
He realized that Christ is enough and that’s enough
have to empty suitcase to find this level of contentment…
It drives me nuts when people act like having faith is some thing you just talk about or say you believe
My feelings of “not being enough”, and all the striving that it produces (my utter inability to be content) is really nothing more than unbelief masked by motion.
-did you hear that? my striving is me not believing
Paul is saying I believe that Jesus is enough and that’s enough
picture of painting in office – the one tree on the little jut of land…
reminds me of a lesson God taught me
“Kent, you are just a leaf. You will fall in the forest and no matter how big of a splash you or anyone else thinks they will make, you are just a leaf. But a leaf I love”
wish I could tell you I always act like
Jesus is enough and that’s enough
But now, I look at that picture and remember – my job is to love Jesus and produce leaves…
new favorite Christ Tomlin songs
listen and read the words of this song
-answer the questions that are asked in the songs
-start to believe the answer you are giving, I want you to stand…
[Play “Is He Worthy?” Video – please make sure it’s loud]
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign[b] on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Don’t tell me, Jesus isn’t enough…