Summary: This sermon deals with being obedient to the will of God for our lives.
Doing It God’s Way
Some people live in a manner in which they do things their
own and the only time they even consider God is during a tragedy
or an emergency. The story is told of a farmer who had three
sons: Jim, John, and Sam. No one in the family ever attended
church or had time for God. The pastor and the others in the
church tried for years to interest the family in the things of
God to no avail. Then one day Sam was bitten by a rattlesnake.
The doctor was called, and he did all he could to help Sam, but
the outlook for Sam’s recovery was very dim indeed. The three men
decided now would be good time to call in the minister to pray.
The pastor was a man who did not mind speaking the truth. He
came and laid hands on Sam and began to pray, " Lord we thank you
that in your wisdom, you sent a rattlesnake to bite Sam. He has
never been inside the church, and it is unlikely that He ever
prayed or acknowledged your claim on His life. We pray that
this experience will be a valuable lesson to him and lead him to
genuine repentance. And now oh God, will You please send another
rattlesnake to bite Jim and John, and another really big one to
bite the old man. For years we have done everything we know how
to get them to turn to You, but it all failed. It seems that
what our combined efforts could not do, this rattlesnake has
done. So Lord, keep sending this family bigger and better rattle
There is a lot of Jim, John, Sam and old man in us. We do
not even consider doing things God’s way, until some rattlesnake
comes and gives us a good bite and we can’t handle it by our
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The Bible says, there is a way that seems right to a person.
Just because it seems right, doesn’t mean it’s okay. God told
Moses to speak to the rock and water would come out. It seemed
okay Moses to strike the rock and water came out. But God told
Him, because of that Moses, you will never enter the promised
land. God told King Saul, to wait for Samuel to offer the sacri
fice on the altar. It seemed okay to the King to offer the sacri
fice himself since Samuel was late. He offered it. But God told
him, I have now rejected you from being King over my people. Many
people say, "well I serve God in my own way." There is a way
that seems right, but the Bible says at the end of every way is
What seems right to us is not going to count for much. The
issue is what is it that God requires of us. The rich ruler in
our New Testament reading was a good, honest and upright young
man. He had high moral values, and it seemed to him that He was
pleasing in God’s sight and ready to go to heaven. But Jesus let
him know that, because he was not willing to live the way Jesus
wanted him to live, he could not be a part of the kingdom of God.
"I did it my way" may be a great title for a song, or a
book, but it’s not the way to live if we want to know the full
ness of life that Jesus wants us to have. Our desire as Chris
tians ought always to be, "I did it the way God wanted me to do
it." I guarantee you now, that if you do that, there’s going to
be a lot of times, you will not have done it your way.
We are going to continue to look at Philippians chapter 2 at
verse 12 & 13. The apostle Paul is writing to a small and struggling church in Philippi. Paul is currently confined to a Roman
prison and he’s not sure what the future may hold for his life or
his death. Whatever the future brings, it is Paul’s desire to
handle it in God’s way.
Verse 12 says Philippians 2:12 "Therefore, my dear friends,
as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much
more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear
and trembling,". One of the things you should notice is that the
Philippians were consistent Christians. They did what God wanted
them to do in the way God wanted whether the apostle Paul was
present or not.
Some of us are like little kids. As long as our parents