Summary: The 3rd week of the one month to live series. In this message we are challenged to live a life of passion like Christ.
One Month To Live Week Two
Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as should. – Psalm 90:12 (LB)
A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
– John 10:10 (Msg)
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord
Life isn’t measured by the number of breathes we take but by the moments that take our breathe away. - Anonymous
LAST WEEK – we kicked off a message series that is already: re-focusing, renewing, re-energizing, impacting and changing the lives of some people in this very room ( are you one of them?)… UNDERSTAND - this new way of thinking, THIS - “What would I Do If I Only Had One Month To Live?” question is intended not only to enable us to number our days, BUT – to empower us to live a life full of moments that take our breathe away! A life that is real, and eternal, more and better than we’ve ever dreamed of…
THIS – past Tuesday morning as I sat down to begin reading this book I was pretty pumped up. AND – the reason I was so stoked was because I know that there are a bunch of people at SE who are: reading the same book; thinking the same thoughts and asking the same clarifying question (What would I do…).
YOU SEE – I know how God works… AND WHENEVER – He can get a group of His people to start thinking His thoughts all at the same time… LOOKOUT – because something HUGE and RADICAL is going to happen! TRANSFORMATION – is about to occur. LIVES – are going to be changed. WALLS - are coming down. THE WORLD -
THEN – I started thinking about the messages I would give… ABOUT - how I would put them together. ABOUT – how we could get more of His people at SE involved in this journey. AND THEN – I heard God kind of whisper to me, “Steve yeah that’s all fine and good… BUT - don’t forget I intend for these next few weeks to change you as well.” RIGHT – after this I wrote the following on some of the blank pages in the front of my book.
Father… I want to radically change the way I live. I want to be who you created me to be. I want to do what you created me to do… Help me Father to number my days and to begin living FULLY. Father, I want this to be about more than a campaign. I want to live new. I want to live fully! THE THIEF – has been very effective at: stealing, killing and destroying this new life (Your Son bought for me on a blood stained cross). Help me to defeat Him. Help me to fight him everyday for this life!
AND AFTER – I read chapter one… I decided to text as many people as I could with the question, ‘What would you do if you had only one month to live…” NOW - I wasn’t really looking for a reply, I just wanted to keep the question in front of myself and as many other people as I could. (That’s the reason for the reminder bands). HOWEVER – I did receive a few text replies to the question…”What would you…)
• Drop out of school! Seriously.
• I’m working on it.
• Sounds like a good sermon to me
• Live boldly
• I would quit school, find a good friend and spend my last month on the road tripping to visit all the places I want to see and the people I promised to visit.
• I would call instead of text
NOW – I really liked that last one… Even though I knew that my friend was kind of digging at me a little. SO – being the spiritual giant that I am, I quickly started to text him back, “then where’s my call…” BUT – before I could finish my text he called… HE – wanted to make sure that I knew he was just trying to be funny… HE – was. BUT – it was also true. Calling really is better.
YEAH – I’m glad he called. We had a good talk. HE & HIS FAMILY – have been going through some major challenges the last year or so. AND – it seems like God is beginning to unfold a plan to turn things around. It was good to talk. AND – not only did we have a chance to talk and catch up on our lives… BUT – we also had a chance to talk about this concept of ‘One Month To Live.’ I was able to clear up a little confusion he had about it. I was able to let him know that this ‘OMTL Thing’ is not really about dying at all. BUT RATHER – it’s about discovering the life we should already be living. AND – then living it… I really like what Kerry Shook wrote on day two of this OMTL journey…