Summary: Today, we talk about the right way of raising a family.
Ultimate Ride: It Doesn’t Take Much To Be Happy!
Today we continue our series, The Ultimate Ride: Transforming Your Life and Family. Last week we talked about how to transform your family the wrong way. The week before, we talked about leaving a legacy that will have a generational impact.
Today, our study will actually be quite simple. As we went through the sermon last week, we looked at numerous mistakes that we make in trying to do the “right thing” in our families. We take on the world’s idea of raising a family, the world’s idea on how to live, and we saw the tragic consequences that come from such decisions. I told you that we needed to look at the wrong way to do things before we start talking about the importance of doing things the right way.
Well today, we start talking about the right way to do things. And, the wonderful thing is, that it’s not that hard! It’s actually quite simple. Isn’t that fantastic? Isn’t that a relief that it really isn’t that hard to do the right thing?
Deut. 6:1 “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—“a land flowing with milk and honey.’
There, in fairly simple terms, are the very things that we should do. The right things to do. Starting in verse 2: Fear the Lord, keep his statutes, hear His words, observe them…and He will reward us!
Sounds fairly simple. Not too much there! All we need do is to follow this simple passage and all will be well. Of course, the next question is…don’t we need to know His statutes and His commandments? Sure, but isn’t that why you’re in church? Isn’t that why you’ve chosen to come to this place, to get involved in a Sunday School class, to get involved in ministry? So that we know what it is God wants to teach us.
The great thing is that transforming our lives for God is really not that hard and today I want to share with you just a few things you need to know in order to start the process. To illustrate the point, today I want to bring out a special car to assist me.
The Volkswagen Bug! One of the simplest cars ever built. A car that basically has remained the same from the very first day it was built. Why? Because sometimes it is far easier to do the simple things because they just simply work!
That is so true in the lives of our families! Keep it simple because it works. Do the simple things and God will honor it. It doesn’t take much to have a happy home!
Simple things…the little things make such a difference. Notice a few situations in Scripture where this is proven:
1. A Little Faith Can Move Mountains!
Matt. 17:20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
2. A Little Sin Can Do Great Damage!
1Cor. 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
3. A Little Town Would Produce The Savior of the World!
Mic. 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
THE LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!
1. BE REAL!
Rom. 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This is a theme that we’ve talked about over and over again. We don’t need to try to be something we’re not! We need to make sure we are transparent in our homes, transparent in our lives.
… I can do this accurately because it is true of me also:
1. You’re not as smart as you think you are!
2. You’re not as ignorant as you think you are!
3. You’re not as important to the world as you think you are!