Summary: Discover the five steps to moving from avoidable major mistakes in our lives to God’s best for our lives.
This morning, I want us to look at avoidable major mistakes. For instance, many spend a great deal of time training for our career but spend almost no time in developing their marriage and family. As a result, they have weak or strained relationships with family members. This mistake is major, but it is also avoidable when sufficient time and resources are given to address the problem.
Another avoidable major mistake many make is working hard to reach goals for possessing a certain car, a certain house or a certain level of financial wealth, without working hard to figure out what life is really about. We get up each morning to go to work, in order to make money enough to buy a house, where we sleep, so that we can get up each morning to go to work, in order to make enough money to buy a house, where we sleep, so that we can get up each morning to go to work.
Fred Smith reminds us that we make blood in order to live; we do not live in order to make blood. One of the biggest blunders human beings make is that we are keeping ourselves alive without knowing why we should.
This morning, we will continue our study of the letter from the Apostle Paul to the Christians in Ephesus. Paul is writing from a prison cell, and if you remember, he was in prison not for a civil or criminal violation. He was arrested for his faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:1-10.
Paul in these ten verses retraces the journey of people, including himself, who moved from their avoidable major mistakes in life to God’s best for their lives. Let’s look together at the five steps for moving from our blunders to God’s best.
Step one: We need to admit we have a problem. Verse 1
When Paul speaks of people being dead in our transgressions and sins, He’s not writing to a bunch of biologically dead people. Paul is speaking about spiritual death or life apart from God, and living life apart from God is a big problem. Yet many pretend that there is no problem. They believe that hard work, technology, psychology and education can replace God in our lives.
In Genesis 3, we read that the first man and first woman, Adam and Eve, lived without regard for God’s instruction, and God kicked them out of His presence. God didn’t allow Adam and Eve to just leave His presence without giving them reminders that life apart from God is a big mistake. God made Adam’s work and Eve’s childbearing painful.
The daily stress, frustration and breakdowns at our work are meant to remind us that everything is not okay. The fact that our wives are the only ones in the animal kingdom that requires an epidural is meant to remind us that everything is not okay. Everything is not okay. We are separated from God.
Whether you are a counselor, a friend or a coworker, your effectiveness in helping others requires that they first admit they have a problem. If they deny that they have a problem or want to cover up their problem, they never move toward a solution. People only move toward God’s best for their lives, when they admit that life without God is a problem. God helps those who admit they need help.