Matt Humphrey from Renovation Church joined us at FCA on Thursday night and spoke on the consequences of becoming too committed to our expectations. We all had certain expectations coming into college and it turned out to be a lot different than we thought, in some good ways and in some not so good ways. There are a lot of instances throughout our life when our expectations don’t match up with our actual experience. Maybe things we expected God to do don’t happen or we aren’t where we expected to be in life by now. We tend to become too committed to our expectations instead of to our obedience to the Lord, which prevents us from living our lives in a way that can transform others’ lives.
Paul is doing all the right things, obeying God’s orders, and healing people, but things go awry and a mob forms against Paul and Silas. They are beaten, accused of throwing the city into uproar, and thrown in prison despite their obedience to the Lord.
This goes to show that life won’t always be easy if we choose to obey God, but just because something is difficult or painful doesn’t mean that it’s still not the will of God or that He’s not with us. If He rescued us before all of our trials, we wouldn’t develop any perseverance or faith.
Paul and Silas continue to be faithful, and they are worshipping inside the prison when an earthquake suddenly hits and everyone’s chains come loose; however, no one escapes. When the jailer notices the open doors, he starts to freak out and pulls his sword to kill himself, but Paul affirms him that everyone is still there. The jailer fell down trembling because of the overwhelming truth and the jailer then believes and his whole household is saved.
Through being obedient, Paul was able to change the jailer and his entire family’s eternity. The significance of our FUTURE depends on our obedience of TODAY. The earthquake had nothing to do with Paul and Silas: it had to do with the jailer. Paul put everything on hold because this man’s salvation was at stake.
A few key points that Matt Humphrey emphasized:
- Your life is not defined by the major you choose, but by the Master you choose.
All of us have a master of our lives, whether its our grades, the opinions of other people, or our appearance. But freedom is always found IN Christ, not apart from Christ. Jesus is our Master, and our response should be to be obedient.
- Worry and worship cannot occupy the same space.
When we are so consumed with worry, we cannot accurately worship, and when we worship, worry has no place. Paul worshipped from a place of freedom despite his situation because he knew that what happened in that prison would transform his way of living outside of it. People are watching how we conduct our lives and looking for a source of hope. They want to see if this thing we claim is our source of hope is actually transformative.
- Whatever we are going through has nothing to do with us and everything to do with the kingdom of God.
If we were in a situation where we realized that someone else’s salvation was at stake, would we act differently?
We often have an improper perspective of our situation or of who we are and instead of running after that, we have fear, shame, doubt, and insecurities that tell us we aren’t good enough, so we hold back. What is preventing us from approaching our heavenly father? Whatever it may be, we must stop listening to things that contradict what God says about us and start to be obedient and focus on the truth.
A few questions to wrestle with going forward:
- Who is Master of your life?
- Have you declared Jesus as Lord and Savior?
- If so, have you made Him Lord and Savior of your life?
- Have you learned to truly worship in a way that you get a true perspective of who God is?
- Are you willing to choose what’s significant instead of what is convenient?