Sunday to Monday | Greater Things Than This

On Sunday, Pastor Dave talked about how God calls us to "greater things." He read this passage from a recliner during worship:

See a middle-aged man who spends his nights sitting in front of a television set....He was once all fired up with bright plans for the future and strong yearnings to make his mark on this world. But somewhere along the line all the fire went out, and he settled for comfort. His dreams were sacrificed to a La-Z-Boy and flickering images on a screen. He is the story of unrealized potential.

This is the way that lead to stagnation - unrealized potential, unfilled longings. It leads to a sense that I'm not living my life, the life I was supposed to live....

To sinful patterns of behavior that never get confronted and changed,

Abilities and giffts that never get clutivated and deployed -

Until weeks become months

And months turn into years,

And one day you're looking back on a life of

Deep intimate gut-wrenchingly honest conversations you never had;

Great bold prayers you never prayed,

Exhilarating risks you never took,

Sacrificial gifts you never offered

Lives you never touched,

And you're sitting in a recliner with a shriveled soul,

And forgotten dreams,

And you realize there was a world of desperate need,

And a great God calling you to be part of something bigger than yourself -

You see the person you could have become but did not;

You never followed your calling,

You never got out of the boat.

 ~ from John Ortberg's If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat:

 We talked about how God's Grace is called to Love God, Love People, Serve the World....and what that might mean for each of us. Here's a song we sang together after the sermon.

 

And here are some questions to guide you through the rest of the week:

  • Has God given you a vision that offers you life? (Proverbs 29:18)
  • Do you trust that God can do greater things in your life? (John 14:12)
  • Are you willing to pray for the courage to step out of the boat and into the raging waves?


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