I mentioned before I would post my notes, here they are.
Who are you? Not your name, not what you do, where you come from.
What makes you who you are? – You are the sum of choices, some made for you, but ultimately you are responsible for what you do with your life.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Your choices may seem mundane, meaningless. What will you wear, what will you eat?
How do you make decisions? An important question when you realize that it will define you.
Humanities: The study of what makes us human. Specifically human, not an animal, not connected with race, gender etc.
What makes us different? We were created in the image of God.
Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
How are we in God’s image? What do we have that no other creature has? No other creature has a free will. How do we use that will? We make choices based on values.
What is important to you? That is how you make decisions, whether conscious or not.
Decision tree: Does it affect priority #1? Move to #2, and so on.
You can look at your life, your decisions and determine what your priorities are.
What is most important decision you will ever make? Is that reflected in the priorities of your life?
Ephesians 4:14-15 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ
Who is in control of your life? Are you being blown about or are you taking charge of the responsibility that God has given you? You are the pilot, are you following the orders of the Captain, or just going with the flow?
How do we set our priorities straight?
If we have priority #1 set, we do not need to worry about #2-#99.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We set our minds straight by realizing we must give it all up to God who knows better. We must seek His way regardless of the apparent cost.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
“He is no fool who parts with that which he cannot keep, when he is sure to be recompensed with that which he cannot lose.” Philip Henry (1631-1696)
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Scaffolding can be necessary, but it is temporary. Do not invest in scaffolding.
Choose right. Choose God’s Kingdom. Tunajenga mfalme wa Mungu.