This blog is inspired and a focus of the message
Series Jesus Interrupted by Pastor Bradley Speer.
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An interruption to us is an inconvenience, but an interruption with God is an opportunity.
Justifying your own way will never lead to God’s way. God’s way is more simplified than we tend to think. There are two prime elements that can impact our movements and interactions every day.
- Loving God comes by yielding your way.
- Loving people comes by yielding your way.
Through these two types of love, comes a life focused on loving and worshiping God.
What decisions do you struggle to justify? (How are you spending your time & money?)
The definition of loving God and people is found in Matthew 6:33 (“seek first the kingdom of God”). Our faith is being used as we focus on loving God and people while simultaneously trusting that our treasure, vision of life and needed physical possessions will be added to us by God.
Read all of Matthew 6
The teachings of Jesus that are found in Matthew six, display the focus of people who do things that appear to be for God and others, but are truly for themselves. Their reasoning was not settled on the simple instructions that God has given us to pray to Him and to help those in need, but that of looking good to all rather than to just God, who sees and hears in secret.
So what is your process of justifying decisions? (How is your time allocated? How do you pay for things? When do you help others?)
Think of it this way, do you give your time and treasure to God first, to reflect that you desire Him or do you wait until there is a low point in time and needs.
Love & Worship God
- With reason. Ephesians 5:17 & 4:12-16
- With knowledge. James 1:2-4
- With memory. Joshua 4:1-7
- With imagination. Ephesians 3:20-21
- With strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (What do your hands do? What do you see? what do you hear? where do you go? What do you say?)