Hello From the Other Side
Sunday January 1, 2017
Theme – At the beginning of each new year most of us have good intentions to improve certain areas of our lives. To be successful in those intentions we need to associate with others who can keep us inspired.
New Year intentions
- Mark 4: 35-36 – “On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.”
- Most of us have good intentions and hopes as we begin another new year.
- We all have: physical, relational, financial, career, and spiritual goals.
- However, many of us fail to accomplish what we hope.
- The events of life intervene to compromise our ability to achieve our hopes and intentions. We often become distracted, so that what we feel takes precedence over what we were meant to do.
We are not alone in dealing with life’s storms and challenges
- Mark 4: 36-37 – “Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.”
- You are not the only one dealing with the challenges you are experiencing. Others are experiencing the same thing.
- The bridge between information and transformation is inspiration.
- There are people who can show you new ways to accomplish your transformation.
- We need help from others to remain inspired so that we can realize a desired transformation.
- We should form associations with others who will inspire us.
- Each of us needs someone to show us how to move forward. Who is helping you?
- Each of us also needs to be showing someone else how to move forward. Whom are you helping?
Be doers and not hearers only
- James 1: 22-25 – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
- Use the resources available to you to make connections with those who have the know-how to get you where you want to be.
- Read your Bible regularly, but also do what the Bible teaches. Our lives should be congruent with what we believe.
Jesus associated with all kinds of people
- Luke 19: 1-9 tells the story of how Jesus visited the house of Zacchaeus, a man known for his corrupt behavior.
- Our own bad behavior is not an excuse to not welcome Jesus into our lives.
- Jesus himself will be with you each step of the way toward your transformation.
- Mark 4: 38-41 – “But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
- Jesus never leaves you, whether you are experiencing the “ups” or the “downs” of life.
Reflective Questions for Hello From the Other Side
- Ryan Leak used the familiar story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4: 35-41. What did you notice about this story that you hadn’t before seen?
- Ryan said the bridge between information and transformation is inspiration. What did he mean, and why is this necessary?
- Is there any particular improvement you would like to make in your life this coming year? Where can you go, and with whom can you associate, to remain inspired to work toward your transformation?