168 Revisited: New Year's Message
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Matthew 6:24–6:34
New Years Message for 2017
Last fall, we went through a powerful series called "Live 168"--what it means to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus every hour of our week and every area of our life. While it was a great, shared experience for our church, that was three months ago and it's easy to move on to the next thing. However, God's heart for every Christian is that living 168 for Him isn't just for a series or a season; it's the call for the rest of our lives. So to begin the new year, let's revisit the priority of living 168 for the Lord and specific ways we can better do that in 2017.
Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Worry is a Fruit Problem
Worry is a fruit problem, not a root problem. In other words, it’s more a symptom than it is a cause. If worry was a root problem, then it would go away when we got what we wanted. But we know from personal experience that it doesn’t work that way. The fruit of worry is the sign of a deeper root problem--a heart problem that we’re running after and obsessing over the wrong things. The solution is found in what we’re seeking first and our priorities.
1 + 167
Sunday worship is a great 168 investment, but that just covers one hour of our week. What about the other 167? We need to put ourselves in environments and experiences that will encourage (not discourage) us to seek God first and live more fully for Him. Here at Hopevale we think of these three actions that help move us in that direction: Connect. Grow. Serve.
Connect. Grow. Serve.
You can find out how to get more involved by visiting our website and looking under the Connect, Grow, and Serve tabs on top. You can also talk to a ministry volunteer at our desk in the church lobby.
Live 168 in 2017
Don't Stray by chasing after something of less importance.
Don't Settle by not running after anything at all.
Seek God first with everything you've got.