Monday Morning Pastor – 3/19/17

March 21, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Melissa McGinness.

Message: The Rich Fool
Verses: Luke 12:13-21

I don’t know about you but the message this Sunday was very convicting.  As I sat there listening I had many different scenarios go through my head some old, some new.   Yet, by the time I got home and sat down and let the message soak in I was at peace.  Why, you say?

So I’ll start with a little story.  I’m a perfectionist and I battle against it.  Being a perfectionist means that the opinion of people matters but no more than the opinion of myself.  It means I’ll never get it quite right and my circumstances conveniently validate that fact.  So I drift and I drift into what feels like depression, like no one understands and that I deserve my fate.  The truth however is that God never intended for us to carry the weight of this world.  We will absolutely walk through this world with heaviness but all the more lighter as we allow the Holy Spirit to remind us to stand on the firm ground of truth.

We all drift and when we drift it is out of our own fleshly confidence that we know better.  And boy have I drifted.  Not in the ways that are popularized in the world but to the point that I’ve left everything up to me.  In this season God is showing me that he will deliberately leave me without anything to claim my own in an effort to right my path.  I hoarded the attention, the feedback and did not know it as greed.

In the message a man is heard soliciting Jesus for an even distribution of wealth with his brother, the natural inheritor.  Jesus is quick to rebuke this man not for the question but rather the absence of truth.  In the season I am in I am slowly running out of options and yet I am choosing to believe the God of the universe can take care of me because of my eternal inheritance.  I am not using God as a genie in a bottle. Rather, I am seeking God as refuge and a source of strength.

Are we intentionally standing on the truth or getting so wrapped up in ourselves and this world that we don’t even realize the foolishness we display.  To God be the glory for giving us everything we need, let us humble ourselves to be just like him and give all that we have to others who need it and let us not drift but rather stand firmly upon the rock of truth.

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Listen to the full sermon here