Summary: Every christian should be a visionary with life spent pursuing a great faith while serving a great God.

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Aiming for More

TEXT: Hebrews 11:1-16


HOOK: I want to build on 2 concepts from this morning. “God has a plan” and “the determination to participate.” These are important because they define our view of the Christian life – what we believe God has called us to live. Too many Christians sit around lamenting life thinking - “Does any of this mean anything?” “ I want to do more than this with my life.”

Maybe you get frustrated when you hear someone give a testimony about some great act of God in their lives and you wonder to yourself, “why doesn’t my life have power like that?” Tonight I want to talk about “Aiming for More.”

THEME: Aiming for Greatness

God desires for us and demands of us so much more than we actually accomplish. Many of us never reach the plateaus of greatness God plans for us because we are consumed with the ordinary or ruled by the tyranny of the seemingly urgent. These struggles distract us from God’s plan for our lives.

Beer commercials often capture more of a passion for living than we do as Christians. “Go for the gusto” “It doesn’t get any better than this” “Those who want more out of life”

We must learn to acquire from God a vision for our lives. When we focus our lives on accomplishing tasks that He sets before us then, and only then, will we reach greatness. What is the aim of your life, is it aimed at a target established by God?

Too many people just wander through life or exist. Too many people are simply against this and that instead of being FOR SOMETHING. Let me ask you tonight , “What are you for?”

Let’s turn to Hebrews 11 and see the method God’s word shows us for aiming our lives for More.

Read Text: Hebrews 11: 1-6; 13-15

Focal Verse: Hebrews 11:13.

This verse gives 4 principles for aiming for greatness.

I. The first is Commission. This means we seek a commission from God. We are to seek His vision for what He wants us to accomplish. Recite Jer. 33:3.

Why? God is in the glory business - His glory. When we plan our lives and events, we do those things which we can accomplish or which we think are necessary. God has His own agenda for our lives. We aim for greatness when we line up our agenda with His.

We define great in many ways…building a career, God defines great in terms of how much glory He receives. Greatness is not defined in terms of wealth, accomplishment, position, etc

HEBREWS 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that HE is, and that HE rewards those who diligently seek Him. Thus, greatness requires an act of faith.

An act of faith is one which demands complete reliance by you and develops a complete recognition of God.

Examine examples:

• Abel - 1 choice, form of worship, result - his death.

• Enoch - lifestyle, integrity.

• Noah - builder.

• Abraham - leader.

• Sarah - family decision.

Chapter 11 describes young and old, Hebrew and Gentile, men and women, rich and poor.

Why are these great in God’s economy? These were actions which were pleasing to God, because they required dependence on Him and He received the glory from them. Whether they were well-known or happened in the silent moments of their lives, God knew their faith. God viewed them as great – that is why He made them teaching examples which will last forever (Quote:my words will last forever).

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Kelly Chism

commented on May 22, 2007

A security blanket...that was never a term I gave to the actions I take almost daily to make my life safe. But, after reading this sermon, I will and I believe it will change the way I live by faith. Anyone that is needing to make a decision or take a next step, needs to read this sermon. There are times when we try to hang on to the "safest" thing and it just doesn't work out and we are sad, hurt, confused, etc. But, from God through Bro. Greg...we can see that the translation for "the safest" may just be "the most comfortable". Thanks. Keep the Word coming!!

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