Canadians are over-scheduled, over-worked and overwhelmed. What is the antidote for this? In this series, we talk about how to declutter our souls. It’s not about doing less and cutting things out of your life and schedule. Living simply is about doing what matters most: loving boldly, giving generously, serving joyfully. The key to an effective life is focus.

SIMPLIFY: THE NECESSITY OF FOCUS

Message by Todd Lester – May 1, 2016

Living Simply… we value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.

Ephesians 5:17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

FOUR QUESTIONS TO FOCUS YOUR LIFE

1. THE DEVOTION QUESTION: WILL IT BE SELF-CENTRED OR GOD-CENTRED?

Psalm 62:10 And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the centre of your life.

2 Corinthians 5:14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.

Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

2. THE MOTIVATION QUESTION: WILL IT BE MY COMFORT OR MY CHARACTER?

Romans 8:29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Philippians 2:5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

2 Peter 1:5-7 Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

3. THE AMBITION QUESTION: WILL IT BE ABOUT GETTING OR GIVING?

1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

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.

4. THE PROMOTION QUESTION: WILL IT BE MYSELF OR MY SAVIOUR?

1 Thessalonians 1:8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God.

Philippians 1:27a Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.

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