Five Truths About God’s Ownership of Our Lives
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money" (Matthew 6:24)
What does it mean in life to get the “brass ring”? The “brass ring” is about defining what we see as our utmost aspiration. Where do we allow our heart to be pulled?
The Bible teaches that what you treasure becomes the place where your heart resides. What you prioritize you immortalize...
So, here are some cautions:
- Treasures on earth are perishable
- You can only have one Master! God wants to “poke” each one of us today and ask, “Who is Master or Lord in your life?”
“The greatest challenge facing the church today is to reassert the Lordship of Christ” - Chuck Colson
What is Lordship? What is it all about anyway?
Definition: Lordship means: ”one who possesses and exercises supreme authority over an individual or group..an acknowledged leader...a controlling influence”
If Jesus Christ is Lord of my life, I will be:
1. Submitting to God’s will
“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean” (Matthew 8:2).
2. Placing God first in my life
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
3. Accepting responsibility and accountability
“Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load" (Galatians 6:4-5)
4. Doing God’s will
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Mt. 7:24-27)
Why is it important to settle the Lordship issue?
It settles the position question.
Who is #1 in your life?
It settles the possession issue.
Who owns my life?
Martin Luther said, “I have held many things in my hands and have lost them all...but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
It settles the promise question.
Are you going to “get” what you can “get” or will you receive what only He can give? What is the “brass ring” in your life after all?
Let’s focus in on a specific teaching where Jesus “unpacked” some of this in practical terms:
Matthew 25:14-30 tells the story of a master and his servants. Jesus is clearly the master and we are clearly the servants in the story. What are the implications of the story for our lives?
Five Truths about God’s Ownership of Our Lives (from Matthew 25:14-30)
1. We all have gifts from God (vs. 14)
2. We all have different gifts (vs. 15)
3. We all respond differently to what God has given to us (vss. 16-18)
4. We are accountable for what we have received (and not for what we haven’t!) (vs. 19)
5. We will be rewarded for what we do with God’s gifts (vss 20-30)
His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!" (Matthew 25:21).
Now that is a brass ring worth living for! What is the “brass ring” you are living for? Who or what is the “Lord” of your life today?
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