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May 4, 2021 6:16 am
Show licensing she'll complacency have a wide view of God right view of God is not also here in the inside of there is a loving, good and hopefully all throughout God's word.
We are reminded that we will be held accountable for what we do with our time here on earth.
So how can we stay focused on God's plan for each of our lives today, dated concludes his series called perils of being a treasure hunter with a section of his message. Danger of complacency.
God is perfect and no matter how hard will never be perfect to get the only religion that does not teach works as a part of salvation is the Christian juxtaposed all the other world religions is the gospel of grace that God died on the cross and did for us what we can't do for ourselves eternal salvation. And then he gives it to us as a free gift by grace through faith. So if you're worried about that day of judgment. The Jesus clearly teaches when you get to heaven and God ask you, why should I let you into my eternity. I pray this will be your answer. It will be my answer because I cling to the cross of Christ is because I know what he did for me on the cross and by grace through faith. I been forgiven and the father never was like come on in. That's the truth.
So if you're worried about the day of judgment. You receive Jesus today and you know the gospel of grace, and you never have to worry about facing the father in heaven. But let me also tell you that even though we are not saved by our works.
Please understand we are saved for good works that is clear in the Scripture, that those of us have been saved by the grace of Jesus are called to work hard for his glory. So one more time. We are not saved by our good works, but we are saved for good works. We are saved for good works, and that's partly what this parable is all about. Even though we now bypass the day of judgment by grace through faith in Jesus, we are still held accountable for our good works in heaven and those who been faithful here who love Jesus with his Mina expanded it will have responsibilities in heaven because we proved our faithfulness here. Well done, good servant, so the application of today's message is simply this, don't shirk hard work. If you're a follower of Jesus, especially don't shirk hard work saved with me don't shirk hard work you're called to work hard for the glory of the kingdom you're called to make money expand Mina's which were monies in that day for the purpose of expanding the kingdom of heaven. So how do you do that, first of all, kill complacency, kill complacency have a right view of God, a right view of God. He's not austere and unkind and the fear he is a loving, good daddy who has his best desires for you also realize that work is a good gift from God. In Genesis chapters 1 and two, God created the world and original intent perfect from all sin and one of the things God gave Adam to do his work and it's called good God called work good and he said to Adam, first of all dressed till and keep the land and secondly name the animals. God authored mental and manual labor and he called it good.
It's only in Genesis 3 in the fall that man especially starts to work hard to find his identity and his work. That's wrong.
Your work can never give you eternal identity that's a part of the fall.
That's a part of sin, but work is a good gift from God that he and Doc desires all of us to use for his glory. In fact, he's given us the ability to be co-create tours with him in this or in this world. Secondly, work hard and earned God would want you to do that the Mina remember is all you are and all you have.
Every person on this earth has been given a Mina all that God gives us and all we are, therefore, he wants us to work hard with the Mina that he's given us and expanded for his kingdom hard work.
Michael Jordan in the 1980s was a very slim live gifted athlete. For those of you who know you're in the history you know that for three straight years. The Detroit Pistons eliminated the Chicago Bulls from the Eastern championship. They did so by what Chuck Bailey the coach of the Pistons called the Jordan rules in the playoffs.
He put three huge guys written the horn. Bill Laimbeer somebody else to always follow Jordan around and whenever he got near the basket to knock him to the ground to take away his physical strength will after Detroit eliminated Chicago for the third straight season, Jordan called his personal trainer and he said I've got to get stronger so I'm in LA right now and I'm flying to Phoenix. I'm going to arrive at 2 o'clock in the morning we play the Lakers and now I want you to meet me in Phoenix and I'm to start lifting weights regularly and I'm not going to miss any time together this personal trainer said to him, will Michael, you're flying into o'clock and when you want to meet at seven in the morning to begin your weight lifting programs and no meet me in the lobby at 2 o'clock in the morning. We begin the weight training process. From then on his strength and conditioning coach said Michael Jordan never missed a lift where he was on the road wherever he was. He would always go in, day in day out and get his lips in slowly but surely he got stronger and stronger. The untold story of Michael Jordan's extraordinary giftedness is his relentless hard work in the weight room over several years, and for those of you who know your NBA basketball history.
You know that was the beginning point for the next year the bulls eliminating the Detroit Pistons in the Jordan rules no longer apply. He was too strong. He overcame it and led to six NBA championships because of his commitment not to shirk hard work Robert half an employment specialist said hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy. John wooden, who won 12 NCAA college basketball championships in a row would always ask his players after every practice and every game that I play the best I could.
Did I give 100% when I played basketball, especially in middle school and high school out always call my dad after again the goat had you think I played always want to hear from you also need to just great and he was very affirming. But here's the first question he would always ask me son.
Did you give it your best was trying to teach me the value of a work ethic, you can always hold your head high, with hard work, whether you win or lose, you can always hold your head high.
If you know you worked as hard as you can.
When I was in high school I wanted to play collegiate basketball morning thing else in the world.
I was a relatively gifted athlete, but I have my limitations. 6'8" tall, but relatively white which means I can jump very high, but I would not let anyone out work me. I read a quote from Bill Bradley was an All-American at Princeton play in the NBA Road scholar and he lived by this quote in basketball.
He said when I'm not practicing somebody else's practicing and when we meet. He's going to win. I drove myself.
I worked so hard to earn a four year scholarship to North Carolina because of a work ethic that my dad helped instill within me, let me address the myth of overnight success. We sometimes hear that term. There are very very few success stories didn't have to work hard to become successful. For example, the Beatles did. Do you know who the Beatles are okay good, the great rock group from the 1960s they burst onto the scene in 1964, and many people said all the right sensation. Did you know the Beatles played over 1200 different gigs and out of the place restaurants and clubs before their first hit ever made it practically everyone who successful is had to work long and hard hours for that success to occur.
Malcolm Gladwell wrote the book tipping point said that every successful person usually spends at least 10,000 hours crafting their trade. He said practice isn't the thing you do once you're good is the thing you do to make you good and the fear of failure like this guy was the one Mina had. I was afraid of you. Many of you aren't willing to risk anything because of a fear of failure when he first will tell you you're not a failure unless you choose not to get up again you may have failed. So what a lot of people fail. But you're only a failure, your identity being a failure if you never try again.
Most everyone who's been eminently successful, has been a failure. At one time or another in his or her life. Thomas Edison, for example, the inventor of the electric lightbulb tried 10,000 different ways to invent the light bulb is assistant on the 10,000 failure said aren't you ready to give up Edison responded know now I know 10,000 ways not to do it. Walt Disney was fired from his first job because he lacked new creative imaginative ideas. Go figure. Did you know that Walt Disney went bankrupt on three different occasions before he finally succeeded in one way or another. My college coach Dean Smith at one time college basketball's all-time winningest coach in basketball's Hall of Fame became North Carolina's coach in 1962. Did you know in 1964 he was hung in effigy by the student body. Not once but twice.
The question during that season was not what he become one college basketball's great coaches. The question then lost the last of the season.
Yet during that time. He told me he learned something very important. First of all, he doesn't control a whole lot he can only do the best that he can do and trust God with the outcomes and he continued to do so with hard work and ultimately the results came but was still another 20 years before he won his first NCAA championship. Hard work and just to be fair in the paint. This illustration in another shade of blue Mike for sifting on his first three years to do many people wanted him fired.
They didn't think he was a good coach and look what's happened. If you ask him. He would tell you it's only because I devoted myself to keep working hard and trust the results to take care of themselves. Jeff: a researcher said no one becomes great without at least 10 years of very hard work from the lips of Thomas Edison.
He said opportunity is missed by most people because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work. Jesus in Matthew 541 talks about going the extra mile.
If someone asked you to go one, go to and I think he's trying to illustrate at least partly the importance of hard work and going beyond what people ask and it makes a huge impression upon them, especially his followers again from Thomas Edison genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration and he also said no one can ever drown in sweat, Michelangelo, the famous painter once said, if people only knew how hard I worked to gain mastery my work wouldn't seem so wonderful at all hard work equals sacrifice getting up early. Staying focused working extra hard. No blame, no excuses from John wooden again if you don't have to work hard to get something. It's probably not worth getting that very famous writer. Anonymous once said elbow grease is your best polish elbow grease is your best polish by Angelou the famous port with the end of her life as a North Carolinian said nothing will work unless you do nothing will work unless you do, please understand this also. Hard work doesn't equal busyness hard work equals production there studies that are being done now to say American workers work about 50% of their days. They try to spend enough time to impress their boss, but the rest of time expended in brakes and idle chatter.
You impress your boss work hard to raise work hard you in a race. Don't complain about your boss. Those kind of things make a difference in his heart, let me address for a second you millennial's are worth ethic ethic is horrible, just horrible and you expect to have but it's taken a lifetime for us to work for. If you want to impress those people over you work hard and then be patient, and over time, your benefits will come Ellis.
I understand part of your reality may be that you looked at boomers and even your extra parents use all divorces you saw your dad's and even your mom's working hard hard hard never at home. Not having a relationship with you. Nothing could be worse.
So yes you're called to balance family and hard work. I know from my perspective that I gave my life to my wife and my kids.
I did as much as I could to love her and the love my kids. My kids spell love to the IME, and I've given my life to build a strong family so I committed myself to my family, but I've worked hard and I try to balance the two. So balance the two.
But just make sure that you work hard and not expect to get everything immediately. It just doesn't work that way. In fact, quick rabbit trail.
I think this parable is a clear statement from Jesus about the beauty and value of free enterprise and capitalism there really only two options in the world capitalism or socialism and capitalism go with its flaws is the best system there is what is capitalism do. It invites people to choose to use the mean as the gifts they have to the full it's the choice to try to make as much money as you possibly can.
And that's not a bad thing.
The question is what happens when you get the treasure if you find your identity ended in only to buy more and more that's wrong. This would been trying to look at the last couple weeks but I want to exhort all of you make millions of dollars. I hope and pray everybody in this room right now becomes a multimillionaire, a man I hope you all do work hard and there's nothing in the Bible about the redistribution of wealth is not there. The call is for individuals to work hard and earn a lot of money but for what purpose to advance the kingdom of God have a strong work ethic. Don't shirk hard work.
Use the capitalist system used personal responsibility. Use the gifts God's given you use free enterprise. Just make sure that once you get it using God's glory. That way will always avoid treasure and moments at home with Dana sounding there listening accounting data joins me in the studio to talk about his leg right I am Tony Marciano presidency Europe Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question. What you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction to thin the person's shoes for just the second one is it that you really need. You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of the interstate ramp holding the sign just said hungry will work for food which never use the money for food and booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life you addiction has stolen every aspect of hope going to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it. There is one thing you do need and that is transformation the place to go to Charlotte rescue mission Charlotte rescue mission works from the inside out to address the root cause of someone at the crossroads of addiction and homelessness. The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high-quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation in a love for Christ missions 120 program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community. Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership or moments of thanks for listening to moments of hope. I'm James. He's with me as our pastor David Stradling. Thanks for joining us today. It's always great being with you Jim, thank you for being my cohost on this part of the program well and we had such a fun time here together and especially discussing these these data sends these nuggets of wisdom and end yesterday, dated, we talked about edging God out. And really, that has to do with pride and how far can bring real entire lives that ego e.g. oh edging God out is really the ultimate sin.
Pride is what caused the devil to be the devil and what I wanted to address today with you, Jen, was something we began discussing yesterday and we ran out of time and I want to continue it because it's so important.
One of the major ways.
Pride is evidenced in our lives is the use of the tongue when we want to be better than somebody else comparing ourselves to somebody else being jealous of other people which are all roots off pride themselves. We are critical of other people and we use our tongues negatively to tear down instead of lifting up and you said yesterday.
One of the things God has really laid on your heart this year is to build people up and that's primarily with your words train you and one another of the Proverbs along with pride comes before the fall is life and death is in the tongue and we can give life or death with our words.
I know people who are still scarred today from negative words spoken to them by parents, coaches, significant others, there still living under the burden of those accusations that they heard yet on the other hand, I know other people who are living full lives because they were blessed and encouraged by parents, coaches, significant others, so talk to our listeners for a bit about how God laid on your heart this year and to use your tongue to build people up as a way to defeat pride in your life and encourage others to live humbly as well. When I didn't quite start say spiritual that I was taking a road trip with my family and sometimes when you're in the car for about nine hours email you see the best in the where sides so I just turned my kids and I sat on this trip we are going held each other hot and send her an outward bill just resounded in my heart and it was like the Holy Spirit said this is your word for 2021.
I want you Jan to build other people and so when I feel tempted in my mind TB chalice and somebody if they have something I don't have her get Dave Deason on vacation I see on Instagram that I didn't get to take it thinking I get to celebrate and fill them out and thank you note. My friends were made in the image of God.
And when I start to remember it's like wow I can celebrate why they were made made and created and so I just start to build them up in my thoughts and then begin to bless them with my where do you ever send them tax or him up on the phone and just say to them here.
This would encourage you today want to build you up, idea, idea, and often I went to my closest friend that says you are side sending exhort are is that she says that it's easy to to do that when your mind is first place celebrating other people's achievements and not just focusing on yourself, you know, in first Thessalonians 5 is where that verse encourage one another is found, but what people may fail realizes that's at the end of the section of Scripture talking about the end times and it is. And so if the Lord came back today. Here's the question what he find you using your tongue to encourage one another. Paul gave that admonition in response to their realization in the church of Thessalonica that Jesus could come back any day and if he came back today. Folks, we find you encouraging one another all, or would he find you tearing each other down and if you're tearing each other down.
That's an ultimate sign of pride in your life allows such powerful reminders. Thank you so Matt stated a thank you Jen and thank you listeners if you'd like to receive a daily E blast from me. These moments of hope these David isms were talking about go to moments of hope, Church.org, you can subscribe there and you will receive in your inbox every morning at 7 AM. A moment of hope from my heart to yours. In moments of hope with David Solvang, senior pastor of moments of hope charts. Today's message is from our online worship service and you can be a part of our service each Sunday morning nine and 11 o'clock going to moments of hope Church.org online sign up for dated Dave mean moments and delivered every morning to your inbox. They're both free and available through my website again J moments of hope charts.more means higher moments of hope Church to pray for God to see