Summary: Just as trickle-down economics meant take care of the top of the economy and everything else benefits, Matt. 6:33 is trickle down spirituality - seek God first...

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Trickle-Down Spirituality

TCF Sermon

February 15, 1998

Organization is a hot topic in our world. From Palm Pilots to Daytimers, there are new ways to get organized at work and at home.

The issue we face as believers, in organizing our lives, is separating the ”urgent from the important” --- we’ll touch on that a bit later.

The idea that we focus on what’s truly important is really wise, too - but I believe the Word has a different idea about what’s truly important than the world does.

It’s a big club: The too-busy - the need a 30-hour a day club.

If I’ve heard anything from people consistently in recent months, it’s that they’re busy. Not just occupied - but really busy.

Because of my work situation, I’ve been giving that a lot of thought. I don’t want to get into a “top this testimony” - but I’ve been busy, too. In the past three or four months, I’ve juggled the responsibilities of more than a half-dozen “roles” in my life. I’m a husband, father, an elder of this church. I’m the church administrator here, as well as a house church pastor. I still operate my own public relations consulting business. I’m president of the board of a local crisis pregnancy center. I’m chairman of the public relations committee of the local chapter of the American Lung Association, and a member of their board of directors.

I’m a busy guy, too.

A few months ago, when Owen Carey prayed for me, he shared this impression from the Lord:

“This is an exciting time for you because God has done great changes, and is doing great changes, and he is bringing about a fruition and a fulfillment to something that beat in your heart. But you are also experiencing the stretching that will come because of the consecration, because you have said a complete “yes” to your God, because God is beginning to use you in that place of oversight. You’re going to be stretched. This is good. And how you conduct yourself through the stretching will determine the type of example you are to the church.”

I’ve had others share with me that God would allow me to redeem the time effectively, would make me fruitful, would enable me to accomplish all He has set before me.

I’ve had some communicate to me that I should also to go ahead and plan, but to allow God to interrupt my plans, and to be discerning about who and what is interrupting my plans. This is a message that God’s been working in me for at least four or five months, probably really a lifetime.

Ever notice that some of God’s most important words to us are from things we’ve heard before?

That’s because familiarity breeds contempt, and if not contempt, then at least complacency - we hear something often enough and we tend to think we’ve got it figured out, or that we don’t need to hear it anymore. Yet the Bible talks about stirring us up by way of reminder.

Here’s a familiar verse that can help us with this problem of being overwhelmed because we’re too busy:

Matthew 6:33: Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (NIV)

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Maria Ross

commented on Mar 10, 2012

THIS SERMON IS EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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