Sun, Sep 26, 2021
Teacher: Yale Wall Series: Life is Messy Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
Basically all of the people we look up to in scripture jumped into an extraordinary mess.
After Paul gives his life to Jesus on the road to Damascus, and then goes through his 2-3 years of time being discipled in Arabia:
We love to look up to Paul, and so many of us work hard reading through the letters of the New Testament, trying to imitate the Godliness and devotion of Paul, but we don’t alwyas want to go into messy places.
To achieve things for the Kingdom of God that are anything like those of these early church leaders, we have to be willing to go into messy places for the sake of the gospel.
2 Corinthians 11:23b-28
I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
The thing that every one of us is built for, and the thing that we are so clearly called to in scripture, is to leave our comfort behind, and sacrifice our cushy lives, to dive into the messy places with other people.
There is not a messy place in the world that we can go to that God doesn’t already know everything about. Don’t go into ANY messy place without it being bathed in prayer, and without listening to the Holy Spirit while you’re there.
Walk into messy places with faith, praying that God would go in front of you.
In many of the messy places we walk into in our world, there are people who have gone before you that you can learn from. Be a learner!
Walk into messy places with humility, being willing to learn along the way.
Sometimes when we are in messy places, we try and beat around the bush and play the long game of trying to get people to see Jesus in us instead of being bold, and inviting them into relationship with Jesus. When you are in messy places, be bold, knowing that if you are following God, and stand on the truth of the Gospel.
Walk into messy places with boldness, ready to bring Jesus into those places.
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