Make a Statement, part one of two

Have you heard a driver say, “We made a statement” meaning they had a great race or there are things coming that are going to be big. I have heard that after a win in different sports, as if it is a turning point or a stake in the ground. (Remember the “Drive a Stake” message from June 6, 2009, go back and check it out!). When I think about making a statement I think about how important it is to have a personal statement of values and/or mission or vision statement. Why are they so important? Without them we just wander through life hoping it turns out ok or letting others guide us and set our goals and standards. This is dangerous ground to be on.

At our church we have a mission statement (to know Him {the Lord God Jesus} and to make Him known) and we have a set of core values. I would like to share our church’s #1 core value. It is “Seeking to be Close to God will be our First Priority”. We teach and echo the core values quite often and a few weeks ago I taught on them again. Let me share the 20,000 foot overview, as this should be important to all of us.

First we worked on memorizing the statement again. Then we looked at the key words asking what do they mean? We looked at four words:

Seeking – to search, to look for, there is an established value that tells us how hard we will search. If we decide the value is low we send someone else, if the value is high we assemble a team and turn things upside down until it is found. Think about search for that tenth of speed when you know that it is there. 2 Chronicles 18:4bFirst seek the counsel of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 10:12-13 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? Matthew 22:37-38 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.

Close – to be near, next to, to know the person intently, personally. It is amazing to think that God wants a relationship with us, one that is personal, close, intimate, in which there is true love, care, cherished. In the draft at Daytona, how does it work if you are a car length? Not good. How about a couple of feet? Not really. But when you are hooked together, man there is speed like being shot out of a cannon. You have seen the two cars hook up and blow by the field. We want to be that close to God and Scripture backs this up in James 4:8-10 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. Psalm 73:28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.

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