Is Christianity Wearing You Out? Lesson 13

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Lesson 13

Wrong Motives Create Tired Lives

I can say I have lost my focus more times than I really want to admit. It watching the moveĀ Won’t Back Down this weekend I heard something like, “What are you going to exchange this one life you have for?” That will make you think. A life is about years and years are about months and months are about days and days are about hours and hours are about minutes and minutes are about seconds (you also get a free education by reading my blog). There are 86,400 seconds in a day. How I live each second is prompted by some motive.

This past week in prep for Sunday’s sermon and reflecting back on the previous weeks sermons God revealed a powerful truth to me, at least powerful for me. We are going through the beatitudes and this week were were looking at “merciful” (Mt. 5:7). God taught me:

Many Christians try to start here. They try to start here because this is where Christianity become visible. They try to live out merciful lives. They seek to love, forgive, heal, give, etc. They do it because they know they should. But if you have not been through the process of poverty in spirit, mourning, meekness and hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy will wear you out; it will make you tired. The reason is that the motivation is wrong. We find ourselves seeking to show mercy in an effort to be obedient because we know we should be obedient. The motivation for mercy has to be motivated from a seed planted in your soul and spirit at the time you experienced poverty of spirit and finds itself ready to bloom in “hungering and thirsting for righteousness”. If you have never came to the place to realize the gravity of your sin (Rom 6:23) you will never see other people’s sin correctly. You will find yourself judgmental instead of compassionate, bitter instead of forgiving, hurting instead of healing, greedy instead of giving. You will live saying “I Can’t!” instead of saying “I Care!”.

You are tired because you are not feeding on Jesus and His righteousness. You are not spending time with Him in His Word and prayer. So, you get caught up in doing all the right things for all the wrong reason.

How will you spend your 86,400 seconds today? What will motivate you?

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Contemplative Worship

I am not sure I have ever had an original thought. Last week Luke (worship leader) was talking about one of the songs we were singing and the “original thought” came to me – Contemplative Worship. For me contemplative worship is any environment where I have to get beneath the surface and engage the mind, soul and spirit. This engagement can be with prayer, the Word, music or just times of solitude. There are times we might sing the great hymn Amazing Grace and not even engage the mind, soul or spirit. This is unacceptable worship. When you are presented with something new or old engage it with your mind (what is it saying?), soul (how do I respond?) and spirit (how does this draw me to God?). I hope you will engage in contemplative worship daily.

Well, I did not have an original thought. I did a google search of “contemplative worship” and got multiple results.