The first time anyone ever trusted me to babysit was my sister asking me to watch her first born son, Trey. I was a senior in high school, and spending time with my three-year-old nephew who was like a younger brother to me sounded like fun. I mean, how hard could babysitting really be?
(If you have ever babysat, you know what an awesome responsibility that is. You probably also know that if you are not careful and don’t foresee dangerous situations, things can go terribly wrong. I now know that.)
I decided that Trey and I would play soccer in the front yard. He just started playing soccer on a team and was trying to learn basic skills and and “Uncle Tripp” was going to show him a few pointers. Well, Uncle Tripp was no better at soccer than three year old Trey, so we found ourselves kicking the ball in the road more times than not…
“[Love] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
To truly understand the power of serving others, we must understand the root and motivation behind it. In Mark 10:43, Jesus is crystal clear about leadership and greatness. He said, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.
Just like a children’s classroom, we “show and tell” our willingness to love others to the degree that we naturally serve them. I walked to the front of my class as a fourth grade with a rock carve ben centuries of water in the Antarctic. It was a very cool “show and tell.” But that rock didn’t talk, serve, love or impact anybody. It didn’t call someone to action. It simply was a rock! But I do recall the first couple that I had the privilege of leading to Christ. I fell in love with a couple that knew nothing of Jesus and in a matter of twenty minutes they went from knowing nothing of faith to asking Jesus into their hearts. That’s a powerful “show and tell.”
Have you ever wondered … what’s the big deal with Jesus?
Where I grew up, I remember singing songs like, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, greatest name I know.” I’m sure I’ve heard hundreds of lessons and sermons about Jesus … that Jesus is the answer … that he is our hope … that he loves us. There were all true.
Today’s climate and culture is different, I suppose. It seems we live in a world that doesn’t value Jesus in the same way. It’s as if his name has become just another name, and he has become just another way.
So why do we make a big deal about Jesus around here?
Why do we say that the Bible is a big deal and that Jesus is the biggest deal?
Around Sugar Hill Church we use the phrase “We believe the Bible is a Big Deal” a lot.
We say that because we truly believe that this book is a gift from the Divine as He uses it to give us direction, correction and inspiration. This Word of God is a living breathing collection of 66 books that have been divinely inspired through the hearts and pens of men. It gives us the life manual and FAQ’s of our life.
The Word of God refers to all of God’s spoken revelation, including what came through His Son, the Lord Jesus. We have it recorded in written form in the Scriptures. If we read, hear and act on God’s Word, it will keep us from the cultural religion that brings sure judgment.
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. – Romans 13:1
I was a ninth grader that had the privilege of starting on my high school football team. My coach, Bobby Johnson gave me a high honor of stepping into the role as our long snapper. I played in the day when you never came off the field. I played linebacker on defense, fullback on offense and was the long snapper for punts and extra points.
I was given instructions from Coach Johnson that I received as if it were a gentle suggestion. Just in case you are wondering, nothing was subtle about Bobby Johnson. I took it upon my 15 year old self to do the exact opposite of his instruction. It seemed so right to me at the time. Needless to say, it was a disaster and I ran the steps of the stadium until I threw my guts up. Being accountable includes obeying your superiors.
I’ve also had plenty of opportunities to follow the direction of the Divine, gone the opposite direction and had, you guessed it, disastrous results.
Here is some good news:
– God loves you and wants the very best for you.
– God wants you discover and live His best.
So how exactly do we go about discovering and living God’s best?
We see some great truths of how to do this in Luke 5:1-11. This story is referred to as “The Great Catch” and is about a fishing trip that changed the course of Peter’s life. In this story there are 3 Defining moments through which Peter discovers and begins to live God’s best.