Time for a Change
This week Blaine taught us that sometimes we need to recognize it is Time for a Change. Our culture here in America is all about the quick fix. We don’t like to stand in long lines or wait in traffic for our turn, we pay extra costs on our shipping to get our purchased goods to our homes faster and we even pay large sums of money to lose weight rather than take the long hard road of working out and eating right.
What areas of your life have you cut corners on to speed up a task you were completing?
In what ways can you work towards taking the long road on these tasks instead?
Among getting what we want quick, Blaine further recognized that our culture doesn’t just want what we want now, but we consistently want more and more to satisfy our desires. In his sermon Blaine mentioned greed as being a root to this epidemic in our culture. Let’s see from examples from God’s word of the effects of Greed.
10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
8 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Which of the above scriptures do you find most difficult in dealing with greed?
If you could swap any other word in place of the word “money” in Matt 6:24, what would it be and why?
Blaine further instructed us that we are going to change our lives to be better Christians that we need to have different attitudes. He further explained that your old way of life will not get you where you want to go in the future. It is the reason you chose to leave it behind and become a Christian in the first place.
What habits from your pre-disciple life do you tend to exhibit from time to time in your walk with God?
What steps have you taken to change or improve on those habits?
Blaine continued by discussing the need to throw away our old sinful attitudes and in their place fill them with more spiritual attitudes. One good way to assist yourself in this is by building up others. While there are numerous examples of the need to encourage others we will look at two. Please read the following:
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
How often do you catch yourself in conversation that is unbeneficial to those who hear it?
In what ways could you encourage others on a regular basis?
How do you feel that encouraging others will help you change your attitudes as a Christian?
Bringing it Home
At the end of the day Blaine mentioned that we are all striving to attain a similar purpose in our lives and that is to be Christ like.
What does it mean to be like someone or something?
What efforts does it take to be like someone or something?
While we all may have had various answers, anyone who has worked to be like someone or something knows that it takes a lot of work and persistence. As Blaine mentioned on Sunday, it takes knowing your example. We know Christ more when we work on our relationship with him. Let’s read the following:
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
2 Corinthians 3:18
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
What actions have you taken to know Christ and be like him since becoming his Disciple?
What areas of your walk could use some refining?
In what ways could you encourage one another in your trials in this?
Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery for Lisa Reaney and for God to comfort Willy Fields and his family.