Weekly sermons from Relevant Community Church in Elkhorn, NE. Relevant exists to transform people, so we live as a transforming church, that is part of transforming the world. We break faith down in practical ways you can apply to your life. Learn more at relevantcommunity.org.
Awake My Soul
Whether you fully believe this or not, your heart aches for thin place moments; moments where your heart and soul come alive, moments where heaven and earth collide and moments where you experience God. You can’t help but long for these moments because they are ingrained in you. Why? Because God created you that way, with the hard wiring to long for his presence. But no matter how hard we try to experience these moments, we will never experience them if we are not positioned correctly. So what do we do?
Since the beginning of time, humans have offered their crops, their animals, even their children as sacrifices to the gods. Why? Two thousand years ago, in a shocking reversal, God offered a sacrifice to us. His Son Jesus. So what now? How should we respond to this?
The Apostle Paul said to “do good…be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share (1 Timothy 6:17-18). This week, we move into the final component of our Be Rich Initiative, which is to LOVE. But what does love require of us? According to Jesus the answer is simple; to love others just has he first loved us. Simple right?
The name “Be Rich” comes from 1 Timothy 6 in which Paul tells Timothy: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:17-18). This week, we're talking about how we can be rich by being generous with our time, in the way we SERVE others.
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you are in the 1% club. By international standards, you’re rich! This week, we're talking about what it truly means to "be rich" as we kick off our annual Be Rich initiative where we Give, Serve, and Love.
The Performance Trap
A deception all of us tend to believe is that success will bring fulfillment and happiness. We try to measure up, thinking that if we could perform and meet certain standards, we would feel good about ourselves and find our value and worth. We believe we have to earn our worth. Thus, we get caught in the performance trap – I must perform to certain standards to feel good about myself. When we believe this about ourselves; about our self-worth, Satan’s distortion of truth is often reflected in our attitudes, behaviors and feelings. But through Jesus, we have been justified and made righteous in God’s eyes and are fully pleasing to him.