Sunday, June 19, 2011

How to be a Spiritual Giant?

Being a Real vs. Fake Spiritual Giant: Smack Talkers & Over Achievers

Luke 17:5-10

What do smack talkers, over achievers, and religious people have in common? They all talk a big game or try to show they are accomplishing much for God, but are they?

Back to this verse- Matthew 7:22–23 (NASB95)

22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Thought question:

Rather than being showy or talking a big game, what does Jesus really want us to be about?

1. An example of the type of person Jesus wants us to be like- Hebrews 11:32-40

2. Discussion: What makes these people different than the regular religious person?

Luke 17:5–10 (NASB95)

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.

7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?

8 “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’?

9 “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?

10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’ ”

“We have done that which we ought to have done.”

Today many people talk a big faith, they wear Jesus t-shirts, they put a Bible on their nightstand, they don’t cuss, they are critical of dirty pagans, they attend church, they even do an occasional good thing. But are they doing what Jesus tells them to do? Are you obeying what Jesus has called you to do? (see John 14:15).

  1. What are the rules Jesus wants us to obey? Love God, love people.
  2. How do we know if we are doing this?

Reflective Questions- Do you have a passion to know Jesus more and more? Is it your desire to love God & love others according to how His word describes? Do you love His church, and look forward to being a part of the body of believers, or is it something your parents make you do? Do you have a desire to care for the people around you? And then are you actively pursuing/doing these three things?

Negative reflective questions- Do you consider yourself a “good” Christian, yet seldom, if ever, seek God or even think about how you can bring Him glory? Are you so involved in work, sports, drama, friends that His Bride, the body of Christ gets less of your passion and time (Heb. 10:25)? Is you commitment to the Church shrinking and are you justifying that it is okay? Are you always too busy to get involved in serving people, and caring for the needy and hurting? Do you rarely get involved in Church or youth group service projects or mission trips because of sports, work, it is too hot, or you just forgot?

You can’t be a real spiritual giant, or even call yourself a Christ-follower if, in the grind of life, He is low on the priority list. I guess you can talk smack, but Jesus sees right through it. He expects His followers to follow. This is the secret to being a giant in the faith. In fact, spiritual giants are made from obedience in the day to day.

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