“Called to More”
Recently at my house there has been a bird relentlessly trying to fly through our window to – I assume, get in from the cold. All day long the bird will keep flying into the window, over and over and over – with no luck, thankfully. I feel bad for the bird, and I’ve tried talking to him or her to “stop it, you’re going to get hurt” – but the poor thing doesn’t listen to me.
The bird is also driving my cat crazy – who is making strange cackling sounds when the bird is trying to fly in. I tell her that she “wouldn’t survive five minutes out there”.
Do you find yourself in a rut sometimes, unable to stop doing something that you know:
1) Isn’t helping you
2) Is probably hurting you
3) Is definitely not what God would want you to be doing
This Lenten series explores the actions, habits, and systems that separate us from God and looks to the cross of Jesus to discover that we are called to so much more. When we sin, we “miss the mark” of where God wants us to be – and God wants so much more for us! Over the next few weeks we are going to explore some traps we find ourselves in, and look to Christ for the freedom and renewal we need.
Called to Abundant Life
No one is perfect. We all live in a broken world and, like sheep, we have gone astray. Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there. We were made for something better – the abundant life made possible in Jesus, the good shepherd who shows us the path to the life we are called to live.
Facing the Dark to Reach the Light
1 John 1:3-10
To find true healing, we have to face the hard truths. Part of the healing process is realizing that something is broken. This brokenness is the darkness that overshadows our lives. The good news is there’s freedom in the light.
You Are Not Your Sin
Sometimes we feel like what we have done is who we are. When we mess up, fall short, do the wrong things, it is not who we are. We are not defined by what we’ve done. We are the children of a loving and forgiving God.
There is More
Mark 1:35-39, Philippians 3:12-16
When life gets challenging, we have a choice to either fall back into the sin that is so enticing and easy for us, or to persevere and trust that when we follow Christ, we will live into even more than we have ever imagined.
The Gods We Make
Sometimes we allow things in our lives to become more important to us than God, distract us from God, and even come between us and God. These are the gods we make.