Going for the Ultimate “W”

READ: Mark 8:31-36


What is an athlete striving for on a field or court? What is his purpose. His goal?

We might say things such as improving character or learning teamwork.  While these are admirable and highly essential in any athletic endeavor, they are not the goal.

The main goal on the court or field is to get a “W”….to get a WIN!

How about you?  What’s your main goal in life?  What’s your purpose?  Have you thought about it?

What does a “W” in life look like?

When Jesus took to the fields, courts and lives of people back in the day, he talked much of living a life of purpose.  Many however thought he was breaking the rules on how to do that.  According to them, he wasn’t playing right.  And nobody likes that kind of guy.

Unless…  Unless the “rules” are wrong or they keep it impossible to see or achieve “the goal”.

You see Jesus was revealing God’s ultimate purpose. His mind was focused on the goal: to lay down his life and ultimately to do it for Gods glory. His MIND was fixed on that. Peter’s mind was only focused on “human concerns.” That’s why Jesus had to help Peter (very strongly!) see that he did not see what the “win” looked like ultimately.

Jesus gives a warning and paints a better “glory” than what the worlds ways have to offer. He said,
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Can you even imagine a greater upset…to forfeit LIFE?!

An athletes goal is to win the game. And this is good.  It’s the goal while on the field.  But what if that is all he is thinking about or pursuing in life?   Or take a young man that spends all his time thinking about getting and trying to be with girls. Could it be that he might miss some other important things God is trying to grow in him?

Jesus tells us that if we live our life for Jesus and for the ultimate purposes He has planned, we will not waste it.  We will save it.  That means that if we put God first in all our interests…school, sports, relationships, work and even family…when all these things are gone we will still be longing for the Ultimate Win with Him.

Let’s be young men who are going for the Ultimate W!

THINK:
  • Do you have in mind human concerns most of the time or are you focused on what God is concerned about?
  • What have you been trying to “gain” from the world at the risk of “forfeiting” your soul?
PRAY:  Jesus forgive me for focusing all my attention and time on other things more than on You.  I want to focus on what Your most concerned about for my life.  God I want to learn more of what it means to “deny myself, take up my cross, and follow you.”  Help me with that game plan.  I don’t want to loose what is most important in this life and the next.  I know you can empower me to do this!  Amen.

Triviality is a Disease

Are you living today focused only on the “day to day”…the trivial?   Or are you aware of the glorious Story that God invites you into today?

READ:
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭63:1-8, 11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
‭John‬ ‭17:20-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

John Piper says that many people live with a disease of triviality:

“The things most people spend their time with are trivial. What makes this a disease is that we were created to be consumed with magnificent causes….not trifles. Our souls will not be content with trifles. We are enslaved with trivialities.”   -John Piper

PRAY: Lord may my soul not shrivel up because of small living and small vision. Lift up my eyes to see You…the glory of Your fellowship and Your callings!

 

Source for further listening: Even in Setbacks, God Is Lacing Your Life into an Infinite Storyline (Episode 731) #askpastorjohn
http://soundcloud.com/askpastorjohn/even-in-setbacks-god-is-lacing-your-life-into-an-infinite-storyline-episode-731

Why are you on this planet?

Seriously?  Have you really thought about it?

READ: Ephesians 2:10 and ask yourself the following questions.
What purpose were you created for?   What “good” things might that be?
What does it mean to be “created in Christ Jesus”?
PRAY: God thanks that you call me your “handiwork”.  With all that is on this planet and in the universe above, that means you really think a lot of me.  Thanks that when I believe and live out what Jesus has done for me, I can truly do “good” things.  Please help me to do that today!

Why were you created?

imageThe truth is that you and I…everyone on this planet for that matter…were created for a purpose.

How would you define “glory”?   Have you ever met someone that seemed to really reflect the “glory” of God?
PRAY: God it totally makes sense now why I sense there is something more to the routine that I find myself in.  Thank you that the greatness I desire for my life is from the fact that you are the Great one…..and you made me from out of that greatness!