A little bit of what we said last week.
And and one of my favorite quotes is from Brennan Manning who says his old southern spiritual Mentor used to say to him be who you is.
Cuz if you ain't who you is you is who you ain't now that is some wonderful wisdom that his old southern spiritual Mentor used to impart to him in his own walk with Christ.
And that's a lot of what Paul talked about in Philippians chapter 4 verses 1 through 7 that we talked about last week.
Our identity in Christ is really a big part that focused and playpens for 1 through 7.
He says look you need to see the big picture of your identity as a cold labor helping God's good loving forgiveness field kingdom come into this world.
That was a big part of what he shared.
That's that's our identity.
We are co-laborers when he was challenging those in the church in Philippi to get over there conflict.
He Reached out to this bigger identity and said look for co-laborers.
Our names are in the Book of Life.
And so we need to be focused on living in such a way.
There were honoring that identity as citizens of Heaven as Christians in Ephesians.
4:32 in Colossians.
That's a theme all throughout scripture.
Just as God in Christ has forgiven you all right in a few reasons for forgive one another or in Colossians 3.
He talks about if you have a grievance or something against someone else you need to resolve that and forgive them because Christ has forgiven you that's the pattern in the kingdom of God.
That's the pattern among citizens of Heaven what God has done for us to Christ.
We are to impart and do for others.
That's what it means for God's kingdom to come and that's how we joined Paul and others all throughout history and being cold laborers in bringing the kingdom when Jesus said that we pray.
Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven that his desire is his will would be done here that we would start bringing the kingdom.
Now, we start bringing heaven now in the way we treat and relate to others in treating and related to them the way Christ modeled for us and the way Christ relates to us until our identity drives.
One author is headed this way in a quart of this last week Christian should prepare to add one's own contribution to the Supreme Reformation project which gods which is God's restoration of all things that have been corrupted by evil.
The Old Testament word for this is restoration this restoration of Peace Justice and Harmony is Shalom the New Testament phrase for it is the coming of the kingdom.
Do we live in a world that desperately needs God to show up through the body of Christ.
Does the news break our hearts is evil rearing its head in our schools in our politics globally in the World in Conflict?
And do we long and are there people out there who don't even know God yet and don't even know how to put this into words but what their hearts are saying is that Kingdom Come dear.
God save us rescue us get us out of this predicament this mess how can the world get better constantly stop violence.
How can we deal with these sorts of things that keeps cropping their head up again and against and God has announced the plan through Christ who his life that the body of Christ that those who have known God's forgiveness through Christ that we would impart that the weather that we would bring the kingdom in the way we live so that we would bring love where there is hatred so that we would bring forgiveness where there is hardship or grudges or resentment.
We're we're in peace where there is violence because we bring the presence of Christ where we go if we're living out our identity in Christ.
And those who are graduating her kind of looking at it there life.
I challenge you to drive a stake in the ground and gain this wisdom discern that your life should be committed to and would be blessed.
If you commit a Duke and wood floors have committed to the word of God in this world and for all the parents and others.
Amen and praise you if you're already doing it great job and many of you are and I celebrate that and if you're not doing it as I say frequently cuz I love this little hokey cliche.
You may not be able to make a new beginning but you can start today and make a new ending even if you've just woken up lately.
I said, you know what I kind of got off on that exit and we talked about Rock City Gear on a trip before you know, what you're eating a pecan log you forgot where you were going even if you've gotten off at exit of that first love of giving your life to Christ and balling down and think I'm going to serve you I'm going to love you too.
My life is going to be about you.
You're going to be first my career my money my time everything is going to be about you and then before you know it Planning your life about you and God.
Is this afterthought?
Well, I'll ask him to bless what I've got planned or if there's a crisis all call out to him, but you really miss out on the good life.
And Paul is remaining of Philippians.
See this bigger picture that were part of the Kingdom.
Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?
That's the question that seem Jones gave to an executive at Coca-Cola when he got him to leave Coca-Cola a high-paying job of great Prestige and come to the start up at that time Apple.
That was the challenge.
She gave to him.
Look I'm making great money.
I'm living the life of an executive at Coca-Cola most powerful companies in the world.
Why would I come work for your little let's see if it works out company.
And he said do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?
And he said yes Alyssa night.
I invite you to consider a bigger question.
You want to succeed for 70 or so years, or do you want to succeed fraternity?
Because so many of us are pointing our life if we're graduating were thinking about what it means to succeed.
What path do I get on and if we're not careful we will only think in terms of what does it mean to succeed for 60 or 70?
It's the Lord blesses 80 90 years even 90 years is nothing compared to Eternity.
And so the gospel invites us to think about that larger picture that bigger picture.
What does it mean to succeed for eternity again?
We don't want to get off the exit and find our life about pecan rolls instead of realizing God invites us to be part of the kingdom of God true Freedom Ravi Zacharias.
This is not the freedom to do as we please rather it is to do as we ought.
Amen memorize that burn that into your brain.
We live in a world that will constantly tell us that true Freedom means doing whatever we want.
This is what I want.
I'm going to do it I'm able to do this.
So I'm going to do it.
I'm capable of doing this so I'm going to do it.
I don't know how many You want a sermon?
This world the hardship in this world the Heartbreak in this world is because he had mosseri keeps tricking everyone into thinking that freedom is doing whatever I want whenever I want some people step into that bear trap of addiction or whatever it is that Sam comes in the Robin gets a hold of them.
And then what they thought was Freedom ends up being bondage and so they lose their children for they lose their marriage before they lose their homes when they lose their career so much of the Heartbreakers most people are buying into the LIE including the body of Christ.
We look in the body of Christ and we don't see anything that much different.
In a group who sang my life is my life and I will plan it the way I want to plan it and I will do what I want to do and I won't plan to succeed these 60 70 or 80 years.
The ultimate goal pay off debt payoff my home, but my kids through college.
Have a nice retirement.
We're not careful.
We only think as large as those little pecan rolls you can get on the exit and we don't think about God is inviting us to the freedom the freedom don't you want this order?
Freedom don't you want this sort of freedom?
Doesn't your heart break when you see the condition of our world?
Don't you want to be part of the solution?
Don't you want to see kids go to school and be safe?
Don't you want to see Global Peace?
Don't you want to see the poor fed and cared for?
That's what this Freedom the true in biblical understanding of Freedom leads to Colossians.
Paul says, look, it's been hidden.
It's been a mystery.
It's been misunderstood.
But now it's revealed Christ in you is the hope of the World As We allow Christ to dwell in our lives and live through our lives that becomes the hope of this world as we bring the kingdom and the every spear of influence that we can exercise her influence within and our marriage and our home in our schools and our neighborhoods in our church as we bring the kingdom of God in Christ, like love and forgiveness and Grace and Challenge and encouragement to one another we bring the kingdom and we change the world.
That's a much better life.
Isn't that's a much bigger life and God invites us to live and know and understand this like this is why Paul calls it a peace that passes human understanding in the vs.
We talked about last week's it's not a path to a rocking chair but a path to a judgment day before the major of the universe and he says for you and I well done.
Thou good and faithful servant enter into your Master's happiness.
That is so much better than a rocking chair and then but if we're not careful the purpose of life is to get a nice home.
I see your kids go to college and have a nice little Nest Egg for retirement giving it away.
That's for my retirement.
There's nothing bigger than that.
Not even the kingdom of God.
Not even living for eternity.
Not even changing the world.
Before we know what the dream comes to live in that home and have that rocking chair.