God has a plan for you but, if you’re not careful, you can miss His mission for your life. In this 3-part sermon series, Todd talks about three things which can cause you to miss God’s purpose or mission for you. This second message is about the number one sin – a very subtle, insidious attitude – that can cause you to miss God’s best for your life.
First, we watched this video illustration by onetimeblind:
EVICT ENVY FROM YOUR LIFE
Sermon by Todd Lester, June 14, 2015
Ephesians 1:4-5 Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
Exodus 20:17 You must not covet your neighbour’s house. You must not covet your neighbour’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbour.
HOW ENVY CAUSES ME TO MISS MY LIFE’S CALLING
1. IT DENIES MY UNIQUENESS
Psalm 139:13-16 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb… You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
2. IT DIVIDES MY ATTENTION
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Luke 9:62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
3. IT DEPLETES MY TIME AND ENERGY
Ecclesiastes 4:4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbours. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
4. IT DRIVES EVERY OTHER SIN
James 3:16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
HOW TO EVICT ENVY
Jesus’ Story of the Vineyard Workers (Matthew 20)
1. NEVER COMPARE MYSELF TO OTHERS
Matthew 20:9-10a When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more…
Proverbs 14:30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
2. CELEBRATE GOD’S GOODNESS TO OTHERS
Matthew 20:10-11,15b When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. When they received their pay, they protested to the owner … He answered … “Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?”
1 Corinthians 13:4 (NKJV) Love does not envy.
3. BE GRATEFUL FOR WHO I AM AND WHAT I HAVE
1 Corinthians 4:7 What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?
Ecclesiastes 6:9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
4. TRUST GOD WHEN LIFE SEEMS UNFAIR
Matthew 20:12 Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.
Matthew 20:13-14 He answered one of them, “Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you.”
WITTY principle: “What Is That To You?”
Matthew 20:16 So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.
For Sermon discussion resources click here: June 15 Sermon Resources