What’s Important to You?
June 14, 2020 / Luke 6:
What’s Important to You?
-In our next section of Luke, Jesus addresses what tends to become important to people and also what really is important at the end of the day.
-We’ll look at a small list of contrasts Jesus makes between what we often value that has little to no real value and what we often that has eternal value.
-I want to challenge you to examine you own set of passions and things you hold dear and then determine if you are valuing in life what Jesus values.
I. Passions and Pursuits are (17-19)
– is looking for something for fulfillment in life.
-The thing I want you to recognize here is that we are all pursuing something and I think Jesus uses this interaction with searching people to then turn to His followers & say, “What’s important to ?”
II. Temporal Pursuits Are (24-26)
4 Temporal pursuits Jesus says that just leave us empty despite the lure to think otherwise:
A. Money doesn’t last (24) But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
-If money is the driving factor in your life and that’s what you look to for happiness, Jesus says, “you’ve already gotten your reward.”
-Money certainly does matter, but it’s not the thing in life!
B. Immediate gratification fades (25a) Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger.
-The human race has seemed to become bent of finding “what makes me ” and pursuing that to no end!
-Immediate gratification promises long term satisfaction and it delivers on that promise.
C. can be a façade (25b) Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
-Amusement can be a cheap for that which really lasts and heals.
-Sometimes we’d rather up our hurts with a cheap laugh instead of replacing them with Bible-based thoughts.
D. Popularity is shallow (26) Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
-This is a very way to live and Jesus says it’s shallow and doesn’t ultimately satisfy!
III. Eternal Pursuits are Living (20-23)
-5 perspective-changers when it comes to what we’re looking for in life:
A. Riches are in Christ (20) …Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
-At the end of this life, money is not the measure of wealth.
B. finds fulfillment in Christ (21a) Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.
-Jesus Christ is the answer for every need that arises!
C. Sorrow will be in Christ (21b) Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
-There’s no way to escape the sorrow that sin brings in this life, but when this life transitions to a heaven-based eternity, that sorrow is gone!
-When our can shift to an eternal focus, the sorrowful life is not the end!
D. Mistreatment is only in Christ (22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
-Injustice is a devastatingly terrible part of a sin-filled world, but in Jesus Christ and for all of eternity, justice will be served & healing will be had!
E. Unbelievable joys of heaven those who are in Christ (23) Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
-Because heaven is our final destination if we have turned to Christ for salvation and because eternity in heaven is absolutely unfathomably blissful, we can find reason to rejoice in this life–no matter the obstacles and challenges we are facing.
Wrap Up (What’s Important to You?):
- Examine & what’s been your driving passion.
- & Embrace an eternal focus instead of a temporal mindset.
- Accepting Christ
- Getting back to doing what you do, acknowledging Christ every step of the way