Think about your life and the things you follow. Do you find yourself checking in through Facebook, Tweeting throughout the day or following your favorite people on Instagram?
How much of your life is spent doing these things? When you have free time what do you do with it?
This Sunday, Joe preached on the importance of following Jesus. During his time with us, Joe mentioned the importance of walking in the light. In today’s society, our culture has influenced us to be very reclusive people. We spend our times in our homes, on our phones, in our games, in front of our televisions and much more. We will take our free time to retreat into our independent sanctuaries. We keep our lives secret and our sins even more so. Let’s see what Jesus has to say about walking always in the light.
Proverbs 28:13 - Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
James 5:16 - Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
1 John 1:8-9 - If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Do you make time to get open about the sins that burden you?
When was the last time you had some real time to get open?
Do you feel like it has been awhile since your last sin?
During his lesson Joe mentioned that Jesus was counter cultural and foolish to many. Joe proceeded to review the story of Jesus’ anointing at Bethany where many of his own disciples and those around him felt his reaction to this situation was foolish. Joe further went on to discuss the importance of our faith being offensive to good people. Jesus discusses this in Luke 14:25-33
25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
What does hating your loved one’s look like as Jesus describes it here?
What challenges did you face with your family or friends when you converted?
Who thinks you hate them today because of your love for Jesus?
Bringing It Home:
Joe mentioned that this woman’s faith was extremely sacrificial. The cost in today’s dollars of the perfume she used was worth about a year’s wages. That is around $50,000 for the average American today. Let’s see another example of extreme sacrifice in the Bible
Mark 12:41 - 44
41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.[a] 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
If you were in the shoes of this woman, would you have given up the copper coins?
Do you find times where it is hard to give sacrificially? (This can be outside of tithing)
What keeps you from giving yourself to Jesus?