Summary: We need to have the correct perspective.
HEAVENLY MINDED AND EARTHLY GOOD
Th: Live the Difference
Pr: WE NEED TO HAVE THE CORRECT PERSPECTIVE.
KW: Areas of concern
TS: We will discover in our study of I Corinthians 3:18-23 that we should have four areas of concern in order to have the correct perspective.
The _____ area of concern is…
II. OUR LEADERS
III. OUR SITUATION
IV. OUR GOD
RMBC 15 February 04 AM
Have you ever noticed that some people have a hard time with perspective?
ILL Notebook: Heaven (pavement)
There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.
An angel heard his plea and appeared to him, "Sorry, but you can’t take your wealth with you."
The man implored the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.
The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. Then the angel reappeared and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathered his largest suitcase and filled it with pure gold bars and placed it beside his bed.
Soon afterward the man died and showed up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. Seeing the suitcase Peter said, "Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!"
But the man explained to him that he has permission and asked him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, Peter checked and came back saying, "You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I’m supposed to check its contents before letting it through."
Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, "You brought pavement?!!!"
Well, that’s a good example of how easy it is to lose perspective.
What we think is valuable turns out to be much different than we think.
We have been studying the first letter Paul wrote to the Corinthians, and it is here…
1. We are encouraged to “live the difference” the Spirit makes in us (I Corinthians 3:16-17).
Last week, the passage we studied ended like this…
(16) Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (17) If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
We live with this amazing truth…the Spirit lives in us!
He has placed His very dwelling among us.
He resides here…in each of our hearts, individually and collectively.
And because that is so…it makes a difference.
We have a new perspective on life.
We think differently.
We see God at work in a way that we never saw or expected before.
But not everybody gets it, even as Christians.
Certainly the Corinthians proved that.
They thought that they had become superior to others as they investigated what they considered to be new mysteries and new truths.
And because of this, they became ineffective in their ministry.