Rhythm with God
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Ecclesiastes 3:11
Three Universal Rhythm Truths
(1) You have a soul; (2) There is a God; (3) You are made for Him. This is the rhythm we're created for.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
John 17:3 NIV
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Life is so much more than mere biological existence. Life is experiencing the fullness of who God has created you to be. God has set eternity in your heart and the ache of that longing is filled in knowing Jesus. This is eternal life, the life that is truly life now, always, and forever.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Our Longings Set Our Rhythm
Our longings (what we desire) >>> Our priorities (what we value) >>> Our choices (what we decide) >>> Our actions (what we do). Solving rhythm problems by reorganizing our actions is just window-dressing. And making different choices is only temporary if those choices don’t line up with what we value the most. Even having new priorities will only lead to eventual frustration if those priorities are inconsistent with what we really long for deep down.
Luke 12:15 NIV
Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."
Getting in Rhythm with God
Finding time to worship God and to reaffirm Gospel truths about who you are in Jesus Christ in a way that engages your heart.
Reaffirming Gospel Truths
As Christians we live with a gap--the gap between “who we really are in Jesus Christ” versus “what we think and feel about ourselves at the time.” This side of heaven, these two are never going to completely and permanently overlap and intertwine. Still it’s our job (by the power of the Holy Spirit in us) to bring these two closer and closer together, where we increasingly think and feel about ourselves the way God does.
Romans 8:1 NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Rhythm With God Practically
(1) Go to church; (2) Read your Bible; (3) Pray to God
Engaging Your Heart
Our worship needs to be real and it needs to be personal. If we’re not careful, we can go through religious motions in a way that leaves us unaffected on the inside. Jesus said of people like this: “You honor me with your lips, but your hearts are far away.” Going to church has to be more that just a matter of superstitious ritual and checking the box. Even if the feelings aren't there, we can always be honest with God and we can always ask for His help. God loves an honest and dependent heart.