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Spiritual Simplicity - All You Need Is Love, Part 1

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July 8, 2020 6:00 am

Spiritual Simplicity - All You Need Is Love, Part 1

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July 8, 2020 6:00 am

Do you wish you could just put the brakes on the speed of life? Between work, family, ministry, financial pressures, health issues, is it any wonder that our lives and our relationships are on the ragged edge? If you’re ready to start loving more by doing less, then join Chip as he begins his series called "Spiritual Simplicity: Learning to Love More by Doing Less.”

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Is it any wonder that our lives and relationships are living on the ragged edge if you long to start loving more by doing less and stay with welcome and thanks for joining us for this Edition of Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram living on the international discipleship between the Bible teaching of today Chip launches a series of spiritual simplicity doing less loving for its true. A lot of us are doing less loving more for the next couple weeks to get super practical help us and how to get focused actually love for you to be with us regularly to find any message you missed on the Chip Ingram okay let's get going.

Georgia now for part one of his message. All you need is love. First Corinthians chapter 13. I've observed something out of there. There's a dance that is done it's done all over the country that many places around the world and I call it the silicon valley shuffle. The music is very very fast.

The rhythm is very very upbeat and the people I mean they dance with intensity and passion, and often to the point of fatigue.

There's four words that describe the Silicon Valley shuffle as I watch it at times in my own life and in the lives of lots of friends. It's bigger, better, faster and more and so we live at a pace work if you don't work till seven or 8 o'clock at night, go work someplace else and pretty soon you think about what you do that with your kids. So if they can be really good. You gotta start them young so like two years older, playing soccer unit three years old. I can't pick up the bat, but they're trying to get off that T-ball and you know what you you know if you really want to do well then you get that to drive a friend who told me his parents got him a tutor in sixth grade and half a day.

Every Saturday he was preparing for the SATs is a sister scored a perfect score on both the SAT and ACT went to an Ivy League school, and now is changed her phone number twice and has no contact with her family does not want to ever talk to them ever again to the Silicon Valley shuffle is about pressure and about demand and about making it happen and it's very unconscious and the music is always playing 24 seven wherever your living, there's this pressure is gotta be better. It's gotta be bigger. It's gotta be faster and if it gets better and bigger and faster than you look at what you got and then it's gonna be more in the music just speeds up and produces something produces this desire to be all and to do all and have it all. We don't say it that our lives reflect that you not going to be at all of gonna do it all on. Gotta have it all and you notice on your notes. I put three things that over time this will produce created a very very complex world that moves too fast.

The delivers too little, and demands too much. When I sit quietly with the people of all ages and whether they're in high school or whether they're running a company or whether school has just started and they're driving all over the place with all the different demands the push to drive the demands over time. They produce fatigue that is high margin that is thin relationships that are shallow families that get fractured marriages that drift loneliness that rains addictions that surface people who get hurt.

Kids that get neglected and our souls have a this ease not just the disease but your soul then have peace, you lose your grounding, you lose that sense of I'm where I need to be moving at the pace I need to be moving and pretty soon you can feel the. The relationships aren't where they need to be in whether your parent with your kids or with your spouse, or whether a single person and realize you know I work a lot of hours and I have a lot of superficial relationships but a deep friend in time for you and time for God in time for authenticity and time for depth seems to be something that you keep pushing out that you'll do that when this deal is done you'll do that when you go public or you'll do that as soon as you finish this project are right now you know there are diapers, you'll do that when they get out of diapers and pretty soon their teens and you do that when they go off to college and here's what I can tell you you'll do that when thinking someday. Someway somehow, and that when will not come unless you stop it and decide I will simplify my life. It's interesting the great majority of executives have a lot of vacation and really take much of it sort of a oxymoron is not but is concerned, dispensable's because there's never a really good time, but sometimes on a vacation or a missions trip or a mineral women's retreat or sometimes God intervenes in his love and a stroke that doesn't kill you. A biopsy report that comes back positive. A car crash a little scare when it started with a couple glasses of wine to wind down and now you're becoming this person that you didn't think you could ever become as you cope and in a crisis or in a time where you get alone with God. I've had men and women over and over and over. Tell me you know I said I can slow down. I get to get some margin in my life. The things that really matter.

I can see your fleeting and going away and the momentum in the speed of what's happening in all the relationships with God and how can you not have time for God who made you, how can you not have time for the person that you said till death do us part.

How can you not have time for the people that half of their DNA is yours. How can you not have time for people that want to love you and care for you and be great friends. So the question I want to ask and answer with you is, is it possible to break free of the high-speed, high pressure, high demand, guilt producing this ease of our complex lives. I took the word disease because it means something's wrong and I put the-it because their sword is a this ease. There's a lack of ease. There's a lack of sense of pace.

There's a lack of peace and when you have a physical disease.

What you do you go to the doctor right when you know your temperature goes. You feel terrible and usually if you're in the shuffle.

You say, well, it all just get through this all keep going to work but eventually you go to the doctor we go to the doctor you want a doctor who does something very very important to make a proper diagnosis before they give you prescription correct me if you went say I don't feel very good to go say I get some pills on the shelf. Take these will it way Or in what I'm really struggling with in you telling one thing is good tomorrow morning 6 AM surgery you will see the key to the right prescription is a proper diagnosis you want to really figure out what's wrong before they start pumping drugs and you are cut me open and the same is true spiritually so I want to take you this morning to just a little stop to the simplify your life. Dr. and in order to do a little diagnosis on can ask like a doctor does right when you walk into goes well how long you been having this is earning this in your family. Tell me about your diet to limit your exercise to have any stress in your life and you laugh, but the ask a lot of questions. That's how they do a diagnosis and so the question I want to ask you is what you want to be known for. That's the first question because there's something behind the bigger, better, faster, more, bigger, better, faster, more, there's something in you and something in me that creates this momentum and this drive in this pressure and this demand and part of it is can be rooted in what do you really want to be known for and we heard I want to be known as a kind and loving person, known as a person is fair other people which I want to be known to be a great mom or a great dad or how to be known as an excellent student to be known as one person said a person who solves some problem is very knowledgeable on to be known as someone is very wise to be known as someone who's in if you had to write down.

I want to be known for what would you write on your notes. What you write. Not but the problem with this question, it was kinda interesting is we all have two lists of what we want to be known for.

There's the list that when someone like me ask you this, I mean no one is writing I want to be known as an ax murderer. Okay, I'm think I'm thinking were okay on that one right, but I'm figuring there's not a lot of you say I want to be known for being a driven overextended curried parent who doesn't connect with my kids nationally good. I want to be known for a very successful business person who has been through 23 marriages nine and I want to be known for someone who's way too busy to have any meaningful deep friendships. See what I'm going to say with my lips and what I intellectually want to be known for is one list and then your schedule and my schedule and your words and where your time and energy and money goes is a separate list and the bad part about life is like when we go to the doctor. When asked how are you eating wheat we tell him stuff but I think pretty good. You know me fairly healthy not rule out a bed coffee, no breakfast get a Danish of a candy bar noon any decent supper mean in a good, not that I do that just hypothetical you see the difference.

Let me ask one more question. If you can get it down to one word just one word. What would you want to be known for and I realize that superhard bit of it. If there was one word that could describe you one word where if if your parent your your kids would say this describes my dad or my mom or or or if you're married, your spouse would say this is what this the one word that epitomizes what when I think of my mate. It's this or one word that really epitomizes what my closest friends think of me what would be got.

I'm in a suggested there might be a lot of good solutions but there is one word that no matter what weren't you came up with. If it's not this word that your word is a distant second and not there's anything wrong with wanting to be a good mom or good dad or a hard worker successful business person, or to start your own company or to be a great athlete or great artist.

Those desires are fine, but you can do if you could fulfill all those desires, but if you didn't fulfill this one word.

According to God, all of those are not like a close second. There like such a distant distant distant second. If this one word does not describe my life in your life, we will find ourselves missing. What matters most.

And I'm convinced the only way to simplify your life is to get clear on what really matters. The apostle Paul would write one very overarching principle and he's gonna tell us that anything minus love is nothing, anything any success anything powerful and amazing to tell us. Put another way that everything minus love is nothing and you might say will chipboard you get that the apostle Paul is writing to a church.

I mean their high capacity there very gifted others situated in a in a part of the world that were they. I mean, I have this great influence is the Corinthian church, but I mean they they have a lot of shuffle problems. They have dysfunctional relationships, the things that matter most aren't going very well in the end, so that there apparently was maybe a tattletale a good tattletale who sorta said to Paul you know that church they're not doing very well. Here's all the issues and like the first for five chapters. He talks about you and they're suing one another in their divisions and that it's been all the things about living the way Jesus said there is not doing very well. That is not what you taught and then later Paul gets a letter and they have a number of questions they have questions about marriage and questions about singleness and questions about divorce and questions about lawsuits and questions about the Lord's supper and questions about all kind of things that the gifts of the spirit and spiritual maturity. And so Paul is writing this letter to address all the specific issues in one of the issues he opens it up in the chapter 12 verse one he says now concerning spiritual not you must hereby version actually open up to chapter 13 the second. If you open your Bible to chapter 12 to give some context here. He says now concerning spiritual's literally spiritual self. Most your Bibles is a spiritual gifts is what is not completely clear and it'll be in italics and and and 12 is about gifts and 14 is about gifts.

But if you if you study all through the chapters very carefully what you understand is the major overarching issue of chapter 12, 13 and 14 is isn't gifts it spiritual maturity or what's it mean to be spiritual because the Corinthian's believe that what made you spiritual was they were really into the gift of tongues speaking a language they had learned and they felt like really spiritual people had this gift Paul will argue in chapter 12 that that may be a very important gift but the most spiritual gift is prophecy because it benefits other people and reveals God's truth and look at chapter 12.

Look at the very and look at verse 31 he says now he makes us talk about all the gifts and their role in spiritual maturity and then he says now let me show you a more excellent way. And then he opens it up and he says if I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I'm a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing if I give all my possessions to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Could you go in your notes and just underline but have not love, but have not love, but have not love three times right but have not love, and did you notice the progression.

It it goes from not very good to bad then to worse and so he takes that that gift that they esteem it says this ability to speak in another language that you haven't learned if you can even speak in Angels languages. But if you don't do it with love you guys really think this is the biggie.

If you don't do it with love. You just become like a gong in a clanging symbol and he's referring to their background in their background in pagan worship.

They believe that you had to wake up the gods and what it would wake up the gods as they would start their pagan festivals has gotten Bonnie Bonnie changing Jean bonbon hello Nick all this noise.

It didn't have any music or any sense to it to get their God to wake up and so Paul is given alone.did to humans because is not love in this group the got a lot of gifts they treat each other badly. They got about each other.

There's division their disunity and that that they've got all kind of dysfunctions in this church.

Anything you want to really be spiritual.

He said if you had this greatest greatest gift ever you think is so hot without love. You just basically come like the beginning of your old pagan worship services and so actually produces nothing but notice he goes on to say it if I have, so he moves from a performing something that you do to something that you possess, and that he goes back to his spiritual perspective of for if prophecy is the highest one goes even if you have that and you knew mysteries. He had all this knowledge and you had this faith you could trust God that I mean supernatural things would occur if you do that without love. Not only does it not produce anything you become nothing think that just mean that's your essence and then finally says that if you exercise I'm sure he's thinking here of the gift of giving that he explains to them later if you are so sacrificial in your giving that. I mean it's lavish. I mean, 10% MNU blue by that 20% you blue. By that, 50, 60, 70% of your income. Your lavish. In fact, you decide. At one point time you actually lay down your life. Allow your body to be burned be martyred sacrificially. You are providing. But he says if you didn't do it out of love profit you nothing and want to summarize love supreme is seen and what I've done here of taken a little bit of liberty because in the context Paul is speaking to them about the focus they need to have.

They live in a complex world. They were a very gifted church.

They had a lot going for.

And so I wanted to apply this passage to us and so performing in your world with the greatest gifts and abilities without love, jot down produces nothing performing some of us are good at performing because we have learned that when you perform, you get strokes and affirmation and strokes and affirmation. Although it's not like real love from in-depth relationships.

It feels pretty good as a cheap substitute second possessing the best the finest the most amazing things you can imagine without love. You become nothing now in the context here. He was talking about possessing these amazing gifts and what you possess.

In terms of position and privilege and what you possess. In terms of the esteem of other people what you possess.

In terms of reputation and how old are you at how quickly are you moving up and what you possess. In terms of your little kids and can they hit the ball or run faster or farther than other little kids and those you want what you want to be known for these get into the things that drive you. This is why so many people are living in SUVs and eating fast food five nights a week from minivan to minivan from practice to practice. This is why people don't eat dinner together and don't have time to eat dinner together and why couple see each other briefly in the morning see one another with blurry dies and reconnect. Not very well at 10 o'clock at night and keep thinking okay there's more to do more to get done the to do list is longer.

I just can't keep going in and then the lie but but when the season is over. It's always just a season. Seems like the season stack up on one another and third sacrificially providing for those you love. The neediest, the greatest calls on earth without love profits you nothing mean a lot of us with our motives and our heart is not like were trying to live insane pace live. I can't tell you how many people I've talked to said I've tried to slow down. I've tried and I just keep getting pulled back into the rushing river of movement man push go make it happen. Innovate your losing it market share. What about this providing and so you want to provide for your kids this and provide for yourself this and provide bad it until you can accumulate in the listen very carefully every time you buy into a lie and the biggest ones are so subtle there coated with such significant amounts of truth that you feel like you between the rock and the hard place and you can never get out. Here is what I wrote many of us live very hurried overextended complex lives with shallow, superficial relationships, even with our closest friends and families because we have unconsciously learned to believe performing well, possessing much in providing stuff is what life is all about the right patient for today but if you're just joining us, you're listening to Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram and ships talk today all you need is love is from his series, spiritual simplicity, doing less loving more spiritual simplicity challenges. The norms were pressured to assume are healthy and it reveals the reasons behind our complaints that there's never enough time for ourselves for the people we love. For even God.

Spiritual simplicity paves the way to living a simpler, wiser, more connected life that something you'd like to learn more about you find the discounted spiritual simplicity resources on our website for more information just give us a call at 1-888-333-6003 spiritual simplicity doing less loving more will chip as we begin this series, you know a lot of people been spending more time at home recently than ever before of some of it's been hard and challenging but you know for a lot of people these days of been great days of fun and love connection with family leave, maybe never had before. All day. That's really true. I don't know how many people of either talk to me emailed me you not been on the phone when they said things like, you know, I can't remember the last time I slept in the same bed or didn't travel or ate so many meals with my family and not that was all smooth and wonderful and everything was going great but as one man said you know I have two preteens in my house and we spent two or three months together at a level that I don't think I'll ever get the rest of my life and I've learned to listen I were more connected. I we've had some challenges but even in our marriages been so much better. How do I not lose that and really this series is about how not to lose it is called spiritual simplicity, how to do less and love more and it's a classic passage in first Corinthians chapter 13.

But it's actually a brilliant exposition that shows us how love responds to hurt.

How love responds to failure. How love responds to differences how love perseveres and how to actually experience in your closest most intimate relationships, the things that we all long for its moving the clutter and the busyness and the secondary things out of our life and learning how to make that which matters most relationships loving at a deep level a reality in our lives. I am so excited for all of you to join me on the series. If you happen to miss it go to the app or a go to our broadcaster website, but you really want to hear every one of these messages as we start the journey on spiritual simplicity doing less loving more great thanks to you happen to miss a program you can pick it up on the chip Ingram up or anytime on our website these are free along with chips, message notes, which are as detailed outlines of each message, including Scripture references and much more. As we closed today's program. If you and I could sit down and have a couple coffee and I would say to you, so what you think about that Silicon Valley shuffle, now you might know.

Call it the something else in your area or the speed of light. The pace of life on and on and on. And yet, we really got to stop. Then we I mean we had this global event in which like never before.

Not just our world, but the whole world stopped and talked with friends who traveled a lot in live here in the Silicon Valley and have I guess what everyone a call really high-powered job messaging on the last month I've eaten with my family more probably than I have in the last 10 years and then it was followed by a long pause that went something like I had no idea what I was missing that other people talk to me about getting into God's word really regularly for the first time in a long long time, and the impact it's made on them. The fact of the matter is, is that the pandemic that we experienced and I'm sure will shape us for years and years and years will only shape us if we learn from it. Scriptures really clear if you don't slow down if you don't pause if you don't listen if you don't put priorities where they need to be. We will all just revert back to faster, more, bigger, better, faster, more, bigger, better, and we will lose that which means the most.

Our relationship with God in the whisper and the intimacy that when we take time that he gives us all the things we long for deep in our heart, he helps us see clearly in love deeply. So let me ask you what patterns do you see starting to change that is getting you back into the hurry. In the fast-paced life. What was it that happened in your life in your walk with God that you don't want to lose. I mean specifically when did you spend time with him. What was special about your family relationships. That occurred was it eating together was it taking a walk together. What specifically allowed the things that matter most love to become a reality that you absolutely don't want to lose Markham down.

Don't lose them, put them in your calendar to be so glad she did get some of those good habits going. I hope you'll go to and check out at home. We got two different sets of discipleship. Videos were chip meets with you regularly day by day to show you how to open the Bible and step-by-step. Learn to hear God's voice. We've got the mealtime conversations that give you phone ideas and activities to do with your family while you eat together lots of other free resources to help you on your faith journey at home.

Don't miss out on glad you're with us today.

I hope to visit us again next time continues a series spiritual simplicity doing less loving more so venomous Dave. Thanks for listening to this Edition of Living on the Edge

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