Acting out of mercy.giving a cup of cold clean water to a thirsty child, visiting an orphange, giving hope to someone suffering from theri dismantled dreams – these are things that are at the top of God’s “Things To Do List.”
When we see our things to do list turn into God’s things to do list we might be amazed at the difference we can make..
Here is the outline for todays message entitled RED – Living A Faith That Bleeds. part 2
Living a Faith That Bleeds part 2
Pastor Steve Lummer
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (message)
Does my “things to do list” match God’s things to do list?
God’s list became Oskar Schindler’s list and he saved 1200 human beings from death in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany.
There are fewer than four thousand Jews left alive in Poland today. There are more than six thousand descendants of the Schindler Jews.
“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire” ( from the movie)
How can we get more of a glimpse of God’s list and let it become our list our priorities and our mission?
MAKING GOD’S LIST MY LIST
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Matthew 28 (message)
WALK with me.
WORK with me.
WATCH how I do it.
How to I live a faith that Bleeds Jesus?
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11
1. LISTING THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (niv)
2. KNOWING THAT NEUTRALITY GIVES ADVANTAGE TO THE ENEMY.
Luke 11:23 – “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters. (niv)
3. THINK OUTSIDE OUR SELF.
Matthew 10:39 – Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
There are so many others that could benefit from our loving, living bleeding faith if we would just get God’s list and do something with it.
I love this story a friend of mine told me after he had visited Disney World in Orlando Florida.
He said, ‘I saw a sight I’ll never forget,’ he said. He and his family were in Cinderella’s castle. Suddenly all the children rushed to one side…Cinderella had entered. She stood waist-deep in kids, each wanting to be touched. Kenny turned toward the other side of the castle. It was now vacant, except for a boy; his age was hard to determine because of the disfigurement of his body…FROM A TERRIBLE BURN he stood watching…longing to be in the middle of the kids reaching for Cinderella.
Can’t you feel his fear; fear of yet another rejection? Fear of being…mocked again? Don’t you wish Cinderella would go to him? Guess what? She did! She walked across the floor, knelt at eye level with the stunned little boy and placed a kiss on his cheek. ‘
“It reminds me of another story. The names are different, but isn’t the story the same? Rather than a princess of Disney, it’s the Prince of Peace. Rather than a boy in a castle, it’s a thief on a cross. In both cases a gift was given. In both cases love was shared. In both cases the lovely one performed a gesture beyond words. But Jesus did more than Cinderella. Cinderella gave only a kiss. When she stood to leave she took her beauty with her. The boy was still deformed. What if Cinderella had done what Jesus did? What if she assumed His state? What if she had somehow given her beauty and taken on his disfigurement?” That’s what Jesus did – for you!
Let God teach us how to make his list our list while we still have time to learn it live it and bleed it.
Steve ( lead pastor PFA)