Sun, Sep 09, 2018
by Chris Russell
Sync week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 9, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When Jesus was with his closest followers He was teaching all the time and they often had to have been wondering, “Out of all the information we are getting, what is the stuff we really, really need to get?… what’s the stuff that will be on the final exam?” …in other words… “Are we going to be held accountable later for what you are teaching us now?” The primary theme of chapter 25 is to Be Ready because we will have to give an account for how we lived our lives when Jesus returns. And one of the main questions we have considered in this series is… What do we need to do NOW so that we will be ready THEN? We live in a culture that has a “me, me, me” focus and a “mine, mine, mine” mentality when it comes to our money and resources. *closed fist vs. open fist mentality And we aren’t just talking about our finances when we say resources. We have resources other than that. Our relationships are a resource… our abilities are a resource… our possessions are a resource…our influence is a resource… we need to look at all of these areas and ask ourselves “How do we align these things, how do we sync these things up, with what matters to God?” Matthew 25:31-46 Ephesians 2:8-9 2 Corinthians 5:10 Is there enough evidence to show we truly believe? Consumer mentality – what does this church offer me? Here’s the problem with that… The Day of the Lord is coming… and we will be held accountable. Irony: this is how God judges the genuineness of our belief based on these verses; same way the world judges the genuineness of our belief. It’s what a cynical and skeptical world will pay attention to. If we are going to claim to be followers of Christ then we need to make sure we are in SYNC with what matters the most to Him. And that means that the poor, the disenfranchised, the overlooked, the broken, and the vulnerable need to become a top priority for us…. because they are already a top priority to God. Ask God to help you see people the way He sees them, make it your prayer to say, “God would you break my heart for the things that break your heart? Help me love others as much as I love ___________ in my own life… help me to care for people as much as I care for ___________ in my own life.” God will honor that prayer and will stir inside of you and begin to sync up your heart and mind with His heart and mind. Then God will show up in ways that only He can and do things in you and through you that will truly change the world… one person at a time.