Who God Wants You to Be
Pastor: Joel Heron
Series: General Topics
WHO GOD WANTS YOU TO BE
“When what we want to do and what we ought to do is two different things, character is built in the choice we make.” --Bill Bennett
“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theatre, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.” [Matthew 6:1]
“Regardless of what anyone may personally think or believe about Him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant in the history of Western Culture for almost twenty centuries.”
“It is clear from literary records that it was Jesus alone who brought this term hypocrisy and the corresponding character into the moral record of the Western world. It is ironic that even when, precisely when, we criticize the Church for producing hypocrites, we pay tribute to this Man Jesus whose teaching gave us the picture of hypocrisy that shapes our moral understanding 2,000 year later.” --Dallas Willard
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. [Micah 6:8]
Our ONSTAGE behaviour can match our OFFSTAGE behaviour if we remember the following cues:
- To be the kind of person who DOES JUSTICE.
“The fundamental principle of biblical justice is that you should never treat a human being as if they had less worth than they have.”
What is something you can do to someone you know who is being treated with less worth than they have?
- To be the kind of person who LOVES MERCY.
“Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.”
--Jesus [Luke 6:28, NIV]
Who has wronged you and stands in need of mercy & forgiveness?
- To be the kind of person who WALKS HUMBLY.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” --C.S. Lewis
Where are you holding out on someone/something because you are waiting for recognition?
- To be the kind of person who does life WITH GOD.
“God gives us flowers before we take the stage. He doesn’t want us to impress Him; He wants us to delight in Him.”
“May the breadth of your influence
never outstrip the depth of your character.”