Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Wait of Glory

Our Youth Pastor, TC preached this past Sunday. Message was entitled "The Wait of Glory"! It was a fantastic message with excellent delivery. So blessed to have good preachers on the team each with our own gifts and styles. I love the diversity.

(This is him in the pic on the right. I know it is a poor quality pic, but you can see it on his face...his preachers face.)

Here are some takeaways from his sermon:

2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”

We never have enough time. But, God stands outside of time. From everlasting to everlasting he lives. From before the beginning to after the end, He lives. He is the Alpha and Omega, so even infinity and eternity cannot contain God.

But, time bothers us. Nobody likes the word “WAIT”! If you say it your kids will look at you crazy, people will roll their eyes, they may stop being your friend, and others will walk away and leave you. When God tells us this word, some of us cry, scream, and yell, or flat out disobey.

We don’t like to wait. If the light turns green, and the driver in front of you takes more than 2 seconds to start driving, we are checking to see if our horn still works. If the person at the ATM takes more than 60 seconds we feel like they’re doing their taxes. Fast food restaurants are too slow, the microwave takes forever, instant coffee is not instant enough, email is too slow, so I need you to text me right back!

We don’t want to wait until something is finished, until people are developed, for relationships to be revealed, for opportunities to come together, until we’ve been mentored, until we finish school, to get married, etc. We don’t want to wait! Not even for God.

But, God uses time to do 3 things in the life of the Disciple:

1. Time Shows. It shows what you are made of. It shows what relationships are made of. It shows the character that may be lacking. It shows the angles you need to approach a decision with the greatest wisdom. It shows whether the house was built on the sand or on the rock. Time lets a few storms swing into town to reveal what we’re really made of.

2. Time Seasons. Just like a good cut of meat has the most flavor when it has marinated, so will our lives. We have an absence of flavor today in our jobs, stability, romance and relationships. The seasoning of time brings about perseverance and character!

3. Time Strengthens. Endurance strength more that power strength. Delayed desire creates the intensity that strengthens your endurance! You can look at Joseph, Job, Abraham and others in scripture to see the truth of this!

Isaiah 40:30-31 says “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Ps 27:14 says “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

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