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July 30th, 2006. The REAL Meaning of Life by Dan Hinkle
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The REAL Meaning Of Life

 

Rev. 3:15-16

           

            I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either               one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am         about to spit you out of my mouth.

 

Uses of cold water:

            (1) Refreshment  (2)Fun - swimming

 

Uses of hot water:

            (1) Health and hygiene  (2) Washing and cleaning

 

            Being “lukewarm” or in other words “useless” makes God sick.  When we are        lukewarm, we are disappointing to God.  God ask for more then just “religion.”          God desires whole-hearted, sincere followers of his own heart.  He requires much        more then just looking the part of a Christian.

 

THINGS THAT CAN MAKE US LUKEWARM

 

1.) We Forget that Prayer is about God, not about us..

 

            Luke 18:9-14

           

            To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable.  “Two men went up to the temple to             pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood up and   prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men -             robbers, evildoers, adulterers - or even like the tax collector.  I fast twice a        week and give a tenth of all I get.’  But the tax collector stood at a distance.            He would not even look, but beat his breast and said, ‘God have mercy on me        a sinner.’  I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified             before God.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who      humbles himself will be exalted.”

           

                        God wants us to humble ourselves before him.  To lay our hearts wide        open on the table and let Him fill us with his love and mercy.  He wants to     share    with us the reason He has put us on this earth during this time and in this place.             But he can’t if we only think of ourselves and are not willing to listen.

 

(2) We become “church comfortable”

 

            Worship isn’t for you, it is for God. 

           

            Isaiah 29:13

 

            “These people come near to me and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by             man.”

 

            We shouldn’t worship and expect to “get something out of it.”  God doesn’t want             half-hearted and hypocritical worship.  We wants us to seek after him with    everything in us.  De doesn’t care about worship songs, or rituals churches       perform if it isn’t done to truly seek His heart and His desire for our lives.

 

 

(3) We forget that God loves the world

           

            God’s plan of salvation fully expresses his desire that everyone be saved. 

 

            1 Tim. 2:3-4

           

            This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all me to be saved and     to come to the knowledge of the truth.

           

            Jesus Christ paid the price for EVERYONE, but not everyone has accepted that    payment, and that breaks God’s heart.

 

(4) We lose focus on God’s purpose for us.

 

            God had a purpose for our lives before we were even born.

 

            Eph. 1:11

           

            In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of             him who work out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.

 

            Finally, that brings us to the REAL meaning of life.  Men have spent their entire           lives trying to discover the answer to this simply concept, when God had put it in             front of them the entire time   in black and white (and red depending on what kind             of Bible you have).  The REAL meaning of live is…

 

            To worship God by fulfilling the purpose that he has given us.

 

            It’s that simple.