Summary: As we prepare to enter into an intense time of prayer and discovery together, I want to share some thoughts with you this morning. This message has been adapted from Rick Warren.
Message Adapted from Rick Warren:
If you will take out your outlines, I heard about a bumper sticker one time that said, “Life is too precious to waste”. But how do you do that? How do you prevent wasting your life? Well, the Bible says this in Ephesians, 5:15-17…Let’s read it aloud together, “Be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
Now notice, you might want to circle the word “careful”. It says, “be careful how you live”. Now the opposite of careful is what?…careless. It says, don’t be careless. Literally in the Greek here it means “don’t stumble through life; don’t just drift through life”. Think it through, know what you’re here for, know your purpose and it says there, “make the most of every opportunity, be wise” and then it says, “try to understand what God wants you to do”. If I would ask you to be honest, how many of you would say, you really would like to know what God wants you to do with your life? How many would say it? I think most of us, if not all of us. Well, you’re in luck…because starting next week, we’re going to look, intently, for 40 Days at what God wants you to do with your life. It says “don’t be foolish, be wise. Know what God wants you to do with your life”. Now, we’re going to look at the five purposes that God has created you for and it’s going to be quite a journey.
But before we do, I just want us to think for a second about three important questions of life. They’re there on your outline: What does God want? What does it take? and why should I do it? Really, if you would have boiled your life down, those are the three important questions of life.
Question #1: What does God want from my life?
What does that mean? What does that take? What does that involve and why should I do it? We’re going to look at these today. First, what does God want from you? Well, when you read through the whole Bible, you can summarize it in a couple of words. You can write this in - He wants my whole life. He wants my entire life. There is not a single verse in the Bible, not one, that says you can be a Christian and live your life any old way you want to. It’s just not there.
God wants all of you. He doesn’t want 10% of you, He doesn’t want 50% of you, He doesn’t want 99% of you – He wants all of you. Now God is very clear about this; there’s no mystery in it. Look at what the Bible says in Romans 6:13, ”Give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God”. Circle the word “completely” and circle the word “whole body”. It should be all of you. C.S. Lewis once said, “The only thing Christianity cannot be is moderately important”. If it’s really true, then it deserves everything you’ve got. If it’s not true, you shouldn’t be here right now. The only thing Christianity cannot be is moderately important. It’s either all, or nothing. It’s either true, and that should determine the rest of your life, or you should just chuck it and go do whatever you want to do.