1. God is calling all of humanity back to Him
2. God does not trick, deceive or toy with People. God is perfect, the enemy is the deceiver
3. Whqt you do in this life is not who you are. Your job, career path, does not define your identity. If you repent and turn to Jesus Christ your identity is found in being a child of God.
4. Be careful not to compare yourselves to others. We are all on one journey with Jesus—we just may be on different parts of that journey.
This week we are asking the Question: “What does it mean to wait and seek God?”
Scripture is very clear that our number one priority in our lives as Christ followers is to become a living sacrifice for God.
Jesus shows us how to seek God in the best light right before He is about to get crucified—He shows a bit of worry before going to the cross.
After walking a little farther, he quickly bowed with his face to the ground and prayed, “Father, if it’s possible, let this cup ⌞of suffering⌟ be taken away from me. But let your will be done rather than mine.”
40 When he went back to the disciples, he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 41 Stay awake, and pray that you won’t be tempted. You want to do what’s right, but you’re weak.”
42 Then he went away a second time and prayed, “Father, if this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, let your will be done.”
43 He found them asleep again because they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
44 After leaving them again, he went away and prayed the same prayer a third time. 45 Then he came back to the disciples and said to them, “You might as well sleep now. The time is near for the Son of Man to be handed over to sinners. 46 Get up! Let’s go! The one who is betraying me is near.”
Jesus goes back THREE TIMES into the garden for prayer. He has a question and then is seeking the Lord’s answer by spending time in His presence. There is no music, no joyful noise, just one man, in a garden by himself having a conversation with God and seeking His presence.
Jesus is not going in just to get an answer rather He is going in to have a conversation with the creator of the Universe.
“We need to ask ourselves why are so busy. Sabbath helps us to question our assumptions. The truth is that we may be busy because we feel a need to validate our worth. Sabbath gives us a chance to step off the hampster wheel and listen to the voice that tells us we are beloved by God. The sabbath heals us from our compulsion to measure ourselves by what we accomplish, who we know, and the influence we have. Sabbath enables us to define ourselves less by our achievements and more as beloved daughters and sons of God. As we become more aware of how much we are cherished as children of God, we grow in our trust of God.” ― Ken Shigematsu, God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God
So we are supposed to be imitators of God, obeying His commands and seeking after Him as our lives and bodies become a living sacrifice. Life is a journey and we should not seek God’s presence merely to get direction or answers rather we should seek His presence because we love Him and we want to be in His presence—the other stuff will take care of itself in God’s perfect timing.
1. What are some habits that will allow us to seek God everyday in our daily lives?
2. What boundaries can we put up to make sure we allow God into our lives everyday?