Summary: This sermon looks at what is the most important thing in our lives.
Restoring Balance to our Hurried Lives.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE. # 3
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13.
Ps. 39:4. Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Ps. 90:12. Teach us to make the most of our time.
1. THE FIRST GOAL OF LIFE IS LOVE FOR GOD.
1 Cor. 14:1a. Let love be your highest goal.
2. God says love is what life is all about.
1 Corinthians 13:3. No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
3. We need to focus on what lasts.
1 Corinthians 13:13. There are three things that will endure: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.
PRAYER: God, if it means that I get nothing else done today help me to achieve this one thing. Lord please allow me to accomplish this today that I spend some time with You and with my love one to build a loving relationship that will last.
4. THE BEST WAY TO EXPRESS OUR LOVE IS BY SPENDING TIME WITH THOSE WE SAY WE LOVE.
I John 3:18. We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. If you say you love but you’re not showing any time, you’re just kidding yourself.
Ephesians 5:2. Live a life filled with love following the example of Christ who loved you and gave Himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.
5. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO START TO SHOW LOVE? Well the answer is NOW.
Galatians 6:10. Whenever we have the opportunity we should do good to everyone.
Ephesians 5:16. Use every chance you have for doing good.
Proverbs 3:27. Whenever you possibly can do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbor to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.
Restoring Balance to our Hurried Lives.
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The natural question is why does every part of our lives get overloaded? The answer is always the same. We try to do too much. Then the question becomes why are we always trying to do so much? The answer is because the non-important stuff has the power to cause us to forget what matters most. The problem starts when we assign importance to the non-important stuff which causes us to change our focus from the few things of life that really count. When this happens we get overloaded. Have you noticed that we remember every single little hurt we ever had in life but for some reason we struggle to remember at time what is most important. This isn’t something new. David prayed did in; Psalm 39:4 God remind me what’s important in life. Help me remember what matters most.
David was simply asking the Lord to help him to focus on what really count. When we focus on what really counts we don’t worry about trying to get it all done, and the overload drops.
Psalm 90:12. Teach us to make the most of our time.
Ridgecrest is a large Christian run camp ground, nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. All summer long, every year, thousands of Christians come to Ridgecrest for training, inspiration, Bible study, and challenge. A few years ago, during a conference, people began to notice a man hanging around the grounds. He didn’t look like he had just stepped out of your typical Sunday school class. His clothes were tattered and torn; they looked like something even the Salvation Army would throw away. His face had not seen a razor for a long time. His shoes could best be described by the Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy! And the worst of all was the BO. When you got close, you didn’t get a whiff of Chanel No. 5. This young man was clearly not one of us not the kind of person you normally see at Christian campgrounds. Did he create a problem? No, not really. He did not approach anyone. He didn’t harass anybody. He didn’t ask for money. He kind of just hung around and when chapel services were held, he would walk across the front and sit down. When classes were under way, he would lie down on the grassy slopes nearby. And when meals were being served he would stand on the dining hall porch, not far from the long lines of people clutching their meal tickets. He never begged or asked for money. He was just standing around the campground.
At the end of the week there was an announced that there would be a special speaker for the closing service, and that he would speak on the theme, Inasmuch as you have not done it unto one of the least of these, you have not done it unto me. They promised that the audience would truly remember this message. The closing service began with prayer, they sang some hymns and the choir sang a special. The audience kept looking to see who this special speaker was because there was no one on the platform but the worship leader. He went to the mic and said that they would have a special prayer for the guest speaker who was going to speak. After the prayer the worship leader looked to his right and said brothers and sister I see that our special speaker is here. The audience could see who it was until he walked on the platform. Everyone was excited and then they saw who the special speaker was as he approached the podium.