Summary: Are you running wide open? Does it seem like life is "Fast & Furious"? Isn't it time to slow down a little?
￼START WITH CAR RACE VIDEO
￼OPEN: Good Morning! Welcome to our new series called.....
￼! Explain video
! Many of us wouldn’t dare get into a car going that fast, yet our lives are going that fast.
! New series title is “Fast and Furious: Easing Up to Create Margin
TEXT: Please turn to Luke Chapter 5, verse 16. I will be reading this verse from the New Living Translation. Here’s what it says:
! Jesus was on the shore at the Sea of Galilee
! Verse One says “great crowds pressed in on Him”
! Then Jesus teaches Peter how to fish and Peter is awestruck
! Then Jesus heals a man with leprosy
￼￼16 But Jesus often withdrew to the
￼wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:16
! Then the Bible says a “vast crowd” presses in on Jesus (indicating even more than before)
! Then verse 16 Jesus leaves.
! He goes off by himself.
! He logs off of Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram and Snapchat
! And God forbid, he even turns off his
! And when people called him, this is
what they heard...
oPLAY AUDIO CLIP
! If the Son of God HIMSELF needed
MARGIN, how much MORE do WE need MARGIN?
MARGIN: THE AMOUNT
￼AVAILABLE BEYOND WHAT IS
38 As Jesus and the disciples
￼continued on their way to Jerusalem, they
￼came to a certain village where a woman
￼named Martha welcomed him into her
￼home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s
￼feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But
￼Martha was distracted by the big dinner she
￼was preparing. She came to Jesus and
￼said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you
￼that my sister just sits here while I do all the
￼work? Tell her to come and help me.”
￼41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear
￼Martha, you are worried and upset over all
￼these details! 42 There is only one thing
￼worth being concerned about. Mary has
￼discovered it, and it will not be taken away
￼from her.” Luke 10:38-42
! Here is what’s dangerous:
oShe was BUSY, but she was BUSY
doing the wrong thing oShe was “distracted”
! WORK is a distraction, time spent with family and close friends is NOT a distraction)
oShe wanted Jesus to DO something about it and Jesus taught her about MARGIN
oMy concern is that many of you (might I say “us”) think we are ‘doing the right thing’
oGone four or five nights a week
￼about Parker wanting to play ball)
￼oHere is what’s scary: Martha thought
￼SHE was right and Mary was wrong.
￼oOver the next few weeks, we are
￼going to look at “Easing off to create
oPutting our kids in everything under the sun just to keep up with others
Let me show you what happens when we don’t purposefully create MARGIN in our lives: (if you are taking notes, please write this down):
￼WHEN YOUR MARGIN
￼WHEN YOUR MARGIN
￼￼WHEN YOUR FINANCIAL MARGIN
(WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT LATER IN THIS SERIES)
￼So, Pastor Tommy, what is the answer?
￼We need to have a “Come to Jesus”
￼Come to me, all you who are weary and
￼burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I
￼￼am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
￼find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
￼￼oOne of the main reasons we lack margin
￼is we lack trust in God!
oWe feel like WE are the one’s keeping things together
oWe are the one’s making things happen
oWe are the one’s making the money come in.
oBut NONE of that is true
￼o18 But remember the Lord your God,
￼for it is he who gives you the ability
￼to produce wealth... Deuteronomy
￼oBe still, and know that I am God...
￼o11 The Lord will guide you always;
￼he will satisfy your needs in a sun-
￼scorched land and will strengthen
￼your frame. You will be like a well-
￼watered garden, like a spring whose
￼waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
￼oWeek 1: Introduction to Margin
￼Week 2: Scheduling Margin
￼Week 3: Financial Margin
￼￼Week 4: Moral Margin