Why Should I Live My Life Sacrificially?

Everyone is asking this question whether they know it or not.

When Jesus asks us to live sacrificially, He is asking for obedience. He is asking us to follow him. Can we even get to Heaven without following Jesus?

Sacrifice on Earth isn’t really sacrifice in Heaven. We choose lesser things here so that we can see greater things in Heaven. Following is the richest life we can have with Jesus.

How To Appreciate What You Have

Understand that no matter who your boss is on earth, God is your first and true boss. This will revolutionize your life and change the way you look at work.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

Give Your Best Wherever God Puts You

Guest Speaker: Dr. John C. Maxwell

Scripture: 1 Kings 19

If you give your best in obscurity, God will recognize it.

If you give your best in small things, God will give you bigger things to do.

Thoughts About Small Things:

  • Give yourself completely to the task at hand.
  • Your purpose must be more important than your position.
  • When God does not give you a vision of your own, help another leader fulfill his or hers.

The Mantle of Ministry:

  • To pick up the mantle of leadership, you have to want it.
  • To pick up the mantle of leadership, you have to wait for it.
  • To pick up the mantle of leadership, you have to stick with it.

Jesus

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 2

Excuse: “I’m at a disadvantage”

Jesus became an underdog, he disadvantaged himself to advantage others.

The disadvantages of the underdog:

  1. Jesus was disadvantaged in security. (Luke 2:6-7)
  2. Jesus was disadvantaged financially. (Luke 2:22)
  3. Jesus had a disadvantaged neighborhood. (Luke 2:39)
  4. Jesus had a disadvantaged appearance. (Isaiah 53:2-3)

The underdog advantage:

  1. Be Courageous
  2. Be Generous
  3. Be Approachable
  4. Be Loving

Jacob

Excuse: “My label limits me.”

Scripture: Genesis 32

Jacob’s Advice:

  1. Labels can be life changing.
  2. Own the truth of your label. (sinner by choice)
  3. God can change your worst label. (sinner by grace)

Question: What will you do with the offer of God?

Peter

Excuse: “Weary from long nights & empty boats.”

4 Lessons:

  1. Jesus often asks you to take another turn.
  2. Choose God’s Way.
  3. There’s MORE when you do it HIS Way.
  4. Jesus invites you to fish for bigger fish.

Consider:

  1. Where are you weary from long nights and empty boats? What if God wanted you to give you MORE? Where do you need to giveSometimes we are weary from “long nights and empty boats”. What if God wanted to give you more? What do you need to give another try and do God’s way?  another try & do it God’s way?
  2. PK will be fasting & praying again on Monday, 8/18. We’re asking God to move on the hearts & minds of 12Stoners to sign on as Pioneers (for bigger fish). Will you join in fasting & praying for perhaps a meal? (or more)
  3. Would God SEND you as a Pioneer for one of the 5 Campuses?

Esther

Scripture: Book of Esther

Excuse: “My chances are slim.”

4 Lessons:

  1. Never call serving others a “little thing”.
  2. Uncertainty is certain (be humble).
  3. Choose “uncertain but serving” over “certain but selfish”.
  4. Let “God is Certain” become your peace.

Consider:

  • Are you facing an ‘uncertain circumstance’ in marriage, career, finances, health or faith? Can you serve to change it? (Would you let “God is Certain” become your peace?)
  • PK will be fasting & praying the next two Mondays (Aug 11 & Aug 18) asking God to move on the hearts & minds of 12Stoners to sign on as Pioneers. Will you join in fasting & praying for perhaps a meal? (or more).
  • Would God SEND you as a Pioneer for one of the 5 Campus? Become A Pioneer