Have you ever wasted your own time? Wasting your time on a day off is the worst. This is the next message in our “Change Your City” series titled – “Don’t Waste Your Time”. Our district supervisor told us about when he had cancer and God placed a word on his heart “don’t waste a good cancer”. Meant press in to his relationship with God rather than dwelling on pain and hurt.
So for us…. don’t waste a good pandemic.
Meaning, you have time to press in.
“When Jesus came back to Capernaum a few days later, it was heard that He was at home.”
- Theologians believe Jesus made his home at Peters house
- People could find Jesus not at the church, but by finding the disciples.
There is a mantle and weight to being a disciple of Jesus.
Doing Life Together –
What does Mark 2:1 mean to you? What are you doing so that it’s heard that He is in your home? What can you do so it’s heard He is in your home?
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Your city will change based on 2 things:
1 – You know you have Jesus in your home
2 – And people know you have Jesus in your home
Before having a great commission you need a humble submission.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me….And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Has your personal authority been given to Jesus? The Father gave Jesus all authority and the ability to hold all authority. But have you actually given your authority over?
Don’t waste your time holding onto your authority.
Signs you haven’t given all authority to Jesus yet:
What will they think if I ask to pray for them?
If I win the lottery then I can tithe, but until then I can’t afford it.
I can’t talk about Jesus to that person.
Conditional faith – we will see what happens. I can’t… until…
DO you know you have Jesus in your home? All authority from the Father and from you rests with Jesus.
2 – People know you got Jesus in your home
How did people know where to find Jesus? They looked for Jesus at the disciples home not at the Church.
I fully believe more people in the history of the Church have found Jesus through His disciples actions and love rather than stumbling into a building.
We are all called to be disciples of Jesus.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Don’t waste other peoples time –
The longer you take to share the love of Jesus causes less years for that person to dwell in the love of Jesus. And less time for them to change their city.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Our church vision is a lighthouse – the foundation and building of a lighthouse represents our relationship with the Lord and the light represents us reaching out. The lighthouse is the shape of the cross.
Next Steps – Change Your City – This entire sermon series touches on all the facets of seeing your city changed. Do it. Intentionally and directly share the Love of Jesus.