Notes for FaithPoint

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Our text for this sermon comes from Genesis 2:4-17.

The title of  this sermon is: You Were Created For God’s Glory
God hand formed Adam out of the dirt. God molded and shaped Adam with His hands. Adam is the only created thing that is created in the image of God. God forms other animals but they are not created in His image.
God hand formed you while you were in your mother’s womb. All of your characteristics and quirks, God gave you. The reason why you are logical or creative, the reason why you are adventurous or you like to read books and stay at home, is all because God designed you that way. God created you the way that He wanted to…for His glory. He does not owe anyone an explanation or apology.
Ephesians 2:10 says, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
You are God’s masterpiece, created in His image for His glory to do the work that God created you to accomplish while you were still a thought in His mind.
It does not matter if you don’t like something about you. God created you for His glory not for your satisfaction.
A child does not tell his parents when he wants to be born. A child has no say in what color his eyes are, what color his hair is, or what his name is.
Where do you get off trying to tell God how you want your life to go? There is no reason for argument. There is no cause for debate. You do not have a right to stand there and try to demand anything from God.
Do you see? God created you for His glory, not because He wanted to please you or because He needs you.
You can have no greater passion then to live your life to the glory of God.
What does this have to do with Jesus?
You are created in the image of God, to conform to the image of Jesus to accomplish the works that you were created to accomplish.
Jesus says, “Follow Me.”
The leader calls the shots. The leader picks his team.
Jesus does not say, “Accept Me.”
Jesus is not some emo high school kid who is trying to fit in to a group. Jesus does not need our acceptance.
Jesus is infinitely worthy of all glory! He does not need our acceptance.
Jesus says, “Follow Me.”
Now we call ourselves, Christians, disciples, followers but our lives do not resemble that of what a follower is called to look like.
We are called to cling to the One we follow but instead we are clinging to everything except the One who we say we follow.
Deuteronomy 11:16 says, Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.
The greatest thing that could happen today is that we need to release what we are clinging to and cling fully to Jesus.
Your job is temporary. Your TV will die. You will have a new car in less than ten years. Your house will always have things that you need to fix.
Your marriage is temporary. Your kids will leave your house. Friends, family, spouses they will all fail, lie to you or somehow not meet all of the expectations you set for them. They will never be able to jump through all your hoops.
Clinging to Jesus is not clinging to your job, your family, money or anything else.
The fact that you were created for God’s glory should easily translate into that we live our lives for His glory. Being a missionary is simply one clay pot taking another clay pot and introducing them to the Creator.
Jesus says, “Follow Me.”
The problem is we want Jesus to tell us the overall big picture and the step by step directions. Following Jesus takes faith. Following Jesus is about stepping out into uncertainty. Following Jesus means you don’t always know where you are going but you always know who you’re with.
There is a process that has to take place. You have to be broken.
Following Jesus is not as complicated as we want to make it out to be.
A child does not over complicate trusting his parents. He just does.
You cannot follow Jesus if you don’t trust Jesus.
You were created to the glory of God. You can live out your life to the glory of God.
It starts with you trusting Jesus….with everything.
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?
Who are you going to share it with?