MC - 3/17/15

Man Church Assignment
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

If you were with us Sunday night at Man Church, you know we started a new 4-week series with Bill Hybels entitled, SIMPLIFY. The goal isn’t to do more with less, or simply to do less. As a matter of fact, the goal isn’t to create just a little more margin in our hectic lives - It is to create a God First Life and a God First Schedule.

If we’re going to be used for God’s purposes, we have to focus our lives. The Bible compares life to a marathon, and that means we have to simplify our lives.

The Bible says, in Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…

This means we should remove anything from our lives that would get in the way and hold us back. If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. He’ll even keep you so busy doing good things that you won’t have time for the best things.

That’s why the Bible tells you to simplify your life. You have to get rid of the unnecessary baggage in life. Don’t try to do it all. Do what matters most. A serious runner focuses on the race. A follower of Jesus sees the big picture and isn’t stalled up by the mundane challenges of this life!

I’ve heard people say, “I would love to live my life for God’s purpose, but I just don’t have time.” The reason they don’t have time is they haven’t taken the time to simplify their life.

There are all kinds of things that keep us from simplifying our lives. How do any of the following distract you and keep you from simplifying your life?

- Trying to keep up with others instead of being who God created you to be

- Trying to make everybody happy

- Trying to meet the sometimes unknown expectations of others

- Too many hobbies or too much time with a hobby

- Social media, movies, or television

- The wrong kinds of relationships

- The mistakes of your past


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