Summary: Sometimes we can be guilty of putting too much emphasis on DOING things for the Lord. This sermon talks about 4 practical things believers should BE that will facilitate spiritual development.
“Being” in Relation to the Lord
September 28, 2014
(A PowerPoint presentation is available for this sermon upon request by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 25:1-2 – “Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.”
Sometimes we can be guilty of putting too much emphasis on DOING things for the Lord. Doing service for God IS no doubt important, for we see we’re taught to do it many places in the Bible. We ARE to be busy in the Lord’s vineyard, serving the Master and others.
But God is not just concerned about what we are DOING for Him, but what we are BEING for Him. Our text is an example of this. Amaziah was a man who DID the right thing, but he was not BEING the right thing because he didn’t do it with a perfect heart, which means with his whole heart.
One reason we focus more on DOING than BEING is because that’s what people see. Someone has said that: “REPUTATION is what people think you are. CHARACTER is what you are.” We like DOING because it enhances our REPUTATION without necessarily affecting our CHARACTER. But God is most concerned about our WHAT WE ARE because He is interested in our CHARACTER.
So today, I want to talk about some things that God wants you to BE:
I. BE REAL
1 Timothy 1:5 – “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.”
1 Peter 1:22 – “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.”
Philippians 1:10 – “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.”
(EXPAND AS LED)
II. BE TENDER
Hebrews 3:7-8 – “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness.”
Hebrews 3:12-19 – “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”