How To Walk Into Your Future – Pt2

Continuing the FlashForward series at Xcel Church, here goes with some additional ways we should be walking into our future with God at the centre of that future…check out Pt1

Jesus was always thinking about his future. Amidst the busyness of being Jesus – he still had time for people, he was moved with compassion, he saw need, he met that need. The same must be true for us. We need to not only profess our faith but it must possess us so that we put it to use.

James 2:14-19
‘Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup – where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them?’

Make sure that as you journey throughout this year that you walk with compassion and make a difference

If you live with Jesus at the centre of your life then you can become one of the most courageous people other people come into contact.

To be courageous requires no special skill
To be courageous requires only to be available
To be courageous requires you to be ready & willing
To be courageous as a Christian – just stay close to Jesus

I love that Joshua was told to be of good courage but he was always reminded that God would be with him. He could be full of courage though becuase he had stayed in the word, meditated on it. Same is true for us today.

Acts 4:13
‘When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus’.

Ordinary people. Their only qualification for changing the world was time spent with Jesus. Here’s the challenge as you step into your future: Get some backbone. Improve your mettle. Add something to who you are so you can withstand whatever heads your way.

Matthew 9: Dispense Some Compassion

Wherever Jesus went he taught, preached good news and healed the sick. At the end of this chapter I think you get a glimpse of his heart for people, one which I know I must endeavour to live out too.

v36…when he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd

To have compassion…to be moved in my heart to meet the needs of others around me, which makes a difference to them in the midst of their harassed life where they may feel helpless, to give leadership & direction where needed. There is always people with need. The harvest is plentiful. Better get out there and dispense some compassion…

Matthew 7 & 8: Having the Right Attitude

There is so much packed in Chapters 5, 6 & 7. As a Christian, you cannot help but love them. If you want to know how you should be living then you can’t go far wrong by starting here!!

Stuff like…
…judging others. Jesus definitely has a sense of humour…why do you spend so much time telling someone about that speck in their eye while you have a huge plank stuck in yours. Don’t be so stupid!!

…ask & it will be given to you, seek & you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. I truly believe that God wants us to ask because Jesus tells us to do that many times. I also truly believe that very often we then just sit down and wait for God to come through when we should be getting up and doing something…maybe seeking, maybe knocking. (Just a thought).

…building on the right foundation. You would be daft not to build on these words. Don’t just read them, make them your lifestyle. Make them part of your non-negotiables. Living this way gives you something to stand on when the stuff of life comes along.

One of the amazing things about Jesus…He always had time for people. He was willing to be interrupted, not get agitated by that but respond with compassion and meet their needs. A great example of this is right at the start of Matthew 8 and the man with leprosy…’If you are willing, you can make me clean…I AM WILLING!

Challenged to have that same attitude. How about you…any thoughts?