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“It Was Our Pleasure

July 10, 2017

Sermons of the Day:

Piper: God Is a Very Important Person 

MacDonald: Purity Problems: God’s Word Has The Answers

Psalm 40:8 NLT

“I take joy in doing your will, my God,
    for your instructions are written on my heart.”

Good Morning Men. How excellent is the name of the Lord in all the earth (Psalm 8:9).

The other day I was listening to a sermon from Pastor John Piper, there was something that totally jumped out at me and caught my attention.

Pastor John gave a story about a couple that hosted a large conference, and before it all happened they wanted to reward and recognize them. In this mini award ceremony they were asked to give a speech. There speech was four words: “It was our pleasure”.

Pastor John went on to talk about the difference between duty and delight. When we do things in the name of Jesus, whether personally or for others, are we doing them out of duty or because we truly delight in doing the Lord’s will?

This really spoke to my heart, because it is so easy to get wrapped up in duty. In fact I see it and hear it all the time when people give of their time or talents to the Lord.

Pastor John gave a great example about giving flowers to his wife. Of course she would be excited and flattered, then she would ask, something along the lines of what was this for? What is the occasion? Should his reply be, I’m just doing my duty as a husband. Or rather; I bought these because I love you and delight in seeing you happy.

Men, when we learn to give of our time whether personally to devotion time and growing in the Lord. Or for those of you that give of your time in ministry, your church, your community or your wife and kids. Whatever it is men lets learn how to do it from a joyful heart and spirit. If not don’t even waste your time, there is no point system God has, and your bad attitude may turn someone off anyways.

God does not want our duty, He wants our heart.

So how do we get there?

The first step is having Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. We need to turn from the sin in our lives, repent and start living a life sanctified by His truth in the light. Does this mean we become perfect. Never, the Bible says all have sinned and all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23). It does mean that we start turning from things that directly oppose God’s Word.

Next is continuing to seek God for direction and guidance in your life. Ultimately to find out your purpose. Some of you may already know this, others this may take time. Just don’t give up on it.

Then as you develop more of a habit in seeking God’s guidance it becomes routine in your life. Removing sin, walking in step with God’s Word we can start to allow the Holy Spirit of God to be our primary influence. When this starts to happen the Holy Spirit will lead you into sharing your gifts, your talents, your finances, your time or whatever it is.

Then comes attitude. Our attitude is the only thing we truly have control over. Start being intentional in having a positive outlook on life, circumstances and situations. For some of us this may take longer than others, but working on this will dramatically change the direction of your life and influence.

I personally believe that as a christian we have promises in the Bible that gives our positive outlook on things so much more depth and genuineness. I cling to promises like; I know the plans I have for you says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:11), I will be found by you (Jeremiah 29:13), God will never leave me or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6), All things work together for good (Romans 8:28). The list is endless men, having anchors for times when life beats us down.

For situations that don’t go favorably or the way I wanted them. I grab my anchor  and hang on for dear life, I repeat them over and over until God’s truth prevails over the lies filling me head.

Men do we have to be this on fire, filled with the Holy Spirit Christian in order to be doing things joyfully? Absolutely not. We can start right were we are. The fact that your reading this means you care about becoming a better version of yourself. As a human being it also means you care about others, we all have that in us through God’s amazing design. Start small, start in your home and just learn to start giving a little bit more of yourself to your family or your wife. If your single then to your parents or siblings. We all have people near us that would be so blessed by joyful giving.

May the Lord make His face shine upon you this week.


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