Going Through The Motions || Victorious Series

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Going through the Motions

Ever find yourself going through the motions?

  • In your relationships
  • At your job
  • With your kids

 

I’m Here, but I’m not really here

  • Just going through the motions

 

This happens for a few reasons:

1. Because you are tired

2. Because your passion is gone

3. Because your mind is somewhere else

 

At some point, in something,  we all will find ourselves going through the motions

 

COMPLACENCY

– That is what going through the motions really is

 

It is born and fed by complacency

  • Going through the motions removes the miraculous from following Jesus

 

 

Today’s BIG question:

When it comes to following Jesus, are you just going through the motions?

  • Is your heart in it?

 

 

Mark 12

41 Sitting across from the temple treasury, he watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums.

 

Now, we don’t know a lot about these people

  • Some may have been great, very generous

 

This is not a passage against the wealthy, it is just the example in this passage

 

This passage is actually about religion, or at least, RELIGIOUS PEOPLE

 

 

As long are you are doing things that “Look Good” people will think you “ARE GOOD”

 

But on the inside, we are not all good

  • We are broken. constantly in need of the saving grace and forgiveness of Jesus

 

But we walk around throwing our preverbal “money bags” in so others can see and think that we “ARE GOOD”

 

That is the definition of GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS

  • There’s no passion there
  • There’s no expectation
  • No anticipation
  • No Desire

 

2 Chronicles 16

9 For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth to show himself strong for those who are wholeheartedly devoted to him.

 

IS YOUR HEART IN IT?

  • Are you just going through the motions?

 

What does a wholeheartedly devoted heart look like?

 

 

42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little.

 

What do we know about widows in this culture

  • No social safety nets
  • Very difficult if no family to take her in

 

Being a widow was a hard life financially

 

What else do we know?

  • She understood pain and loss
  • Knew what it was like to grieve
  • Understood what loneliness feels like

 

But here she is, being generous with the little that she had

 

This is what Jesus had to say…

 

43 Summoning his disciples, he said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

44 For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had —all she had to live on.”

 

From a practical level, those two coins were not going to help pay for much

  • That little gift, from a natural perspective, didn’t add much value

 

But it is the ONLY gift that got Jesus’ attention

 

We live in a limited world with a limited world view

  • More is better, less is not

 

The widow gave less, so it can’t be better, and the rich gave much so it must better

 

But we forget that God is a limitless God who is not impressed with what we have, but who we are

– Much does not impress him because he doesn’t need it

 

What turns God’s eye is the one who brings what they have

 

The Faithfulness Principle

  • Showing up (even when it’s tough)
  • Giving up (whatever you have)

 

This widowed woman demonstrated her heart for God by showing up and giving up what she had

 

The reason those 2 little coins meant so much is that she did not give them out of abundance, but out of scarcity

  • That is when our faithfulness is demonstrated, when it’s hard, not easy
  • When we give and it costs us something

 

 

Are you giving of yourself to the point that it costs you your “Standard Of Living”

  • Not just money, Also Time…
  • You don’t want to give up any time, because it’s more valuable than money, so you just give money

– Still not faithfulness. Your heart is what matters

 

God is not interested in what you can bring him, He is interested in making you Holy

 

Do all things for the Glory of God

 

1 Corinthians 10

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or Greeks or the church of God, 33 just as I also try to please everyone in everything, not seeking my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved.

 

 

I wonder what God is asking you to bring to the table that has you thinking, what I have is not much, and if it’s not much, it doesn’t matter.

  • That is a lie
  • We bring to God what he has, and he will multiply it and do with it what he wills

 

I think that someone here has determined their worth by the size of what they can bring to God

  • My gift is small, so I must be small
  • My gift is insignificant, so I must be insignificant
  • My gift seems worthless, so I must be worthless

 

That is a LIE….

 

You are not responsible for the outcome or the situation, you are just responsible for bringing what you have

  • Whether that is a little or a lot, you bring it.

 

There is no size requirement

– On your influence, wealth, talent, etc…

 

Do all things for the Glory of God

 

In everything, Your heart matters

  • in what you do
  • in what you say
  • in how you think

 

Those things may not seem like much to use, but they are deep demonstrations of what is actually king in our hearts.

 

Do all things for the Glory of God and it becomes the responsibility of God

  • If you do something for your glory, you bear the responsibility.

 

You are NOT responsible for the outcomes, only what you bring

 

Each of us has many things we can bring to God’s table

  • Talent
  • Influence
  • Finances
  • Time
  • Education
  • Passion
  • Experience

 

So, are you just going through the motions in your faith?

  • Doing just what needs to be done to be seen
  • No passion or zeal there = no life

 

Is your heart really in it?

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