Discovering God’s Passionate Plan – Family Service
On Sunday during our Family Service we continued our Finding Yourself in God’s Story Series. In a shortened service and message we only had time to touch on David from a very general perspective and due to technical difficulties were unable to record it. Here is a recap of Sunday’s Family Service message with the scripture coming from The Jesus Story Book Bible, during this week I will release blogs that delve deeper into each point for those interested.
DAVID WAS A SHEPHERD, but God looked at him and he saw a king. Sure enough, when David grew up, that’s just what he became. And David was a great king. He had a heart like God’s heart—full of love.
Now, that didn’t mean he was perfect, because he did some terrible things—he even murdered a man. No, David made a big mess of his life. But God can take even the biggest mess and make it work in his plan. “I need a new heart, Lord,” David prayed, “because mine is full of sin. Make me clean inside.” God heard David’s prayer. He forgave David and he made David a promise: “I will make you great, David. And one day, a King will be born into your family, and he will heal the whole world.”
Did you know that David was a songwriter, too? In fact his songs were so good, they might have been in the top 40 charts (if they’d been invented then). David’s songs are like prayers. They are called psalms and this one is called “The Song of the Shepherd.” (It’s probably number one on the Psalm Charts.) And it goes like this …
God is my Shepherd And I am his little lamb.
He feeds me He guides me He looks after me. I have everything I need. Inside, my heart is very quiet. As quiet as lying still in soft green grass
In a meadow By a little stream.
Even when I walk through the dark, scary, lonely places
I won’t be afraid Because my Shepherd knows where I am.
He is here with me He keeps me safe
He rescues me He makes me strong And brave.
He is getting wonderful things ready for me Especially for me Everything I ever dreamed of!
He fills my heart so full of happiness I can’t hold it all inside.
Wherever I go I know God’s Never Stopping Never Giving Up Unbreaking Always and Forever Love Will go, too!
God gave David that song to sing to his people, so they could know that he loved them and would always look after them—like a shepherd loves his sheep.
And one day, God was going to do something that would inspire thousands upon thousands of new songs. God was going to show his people once and for all just how much he loved them.
Another Shepherd was coming— a greater Shepherd. He would be called the Good Shepherd. And this Shepherd was going to lead all of God’s lambs back to the place where they had always belonged—close to God’s heart. (Jesus Story Book Bible, The Good Shepherd; Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 7, Psalm 23)
The primary characteristic that we see in David’s life is that through every circumstance he continually depends on God. David made huge mistakes in his life, some worse than any of us will ever make, yet, through it all he always returned to a dependence on God. The only way that we can have a passion like Davids is to depend on God and allow him to build that passion in our lives.
Depend on God and allow him to produce Passion in your life
Thankfully we are fortunate to have a God that looks at us much like a Tootsie Roll lollypop. In fact, I have one for every child here today, so in just a second you can come up and get one. What I mean is that just like the lollypops come with different colors, flavors, and wrappings; each of us are different shapes, sizes, colors, we each have different backgrounds, different gifting, and live with different circumstances.
When you eat any of these lollypops you will find no matter what color it is it comes with that awesome treat on the inside, the tootsie roll. God is not concerned with our pasts, with what we have or have not done, with are failures and successes. He is concerned with our heart, he is concerned with the tootsie roll in the middle. He looks at each of us and desires our hearts dependence on Him. That is his primary concern, and when we depend on him with our hearts, He begins to change us and effect us from the inside out, it starts on the inside. No matter what you have done, no matter what your past, God is interested in your heart, just as he calls David who committed murder and adultery, A Man After God’s Own Heart. Why, because David continually returned to and depended on God and knew God’s primary concern was his heart.
As you continue to depend on God He produces a passion in your life for him from the inside out. That passion that grows for him as you depend on him will produce humility in your life.
Allow your Passion for God to produce humility in your life
You see you cannot look at God and depend on him if you are proud, you have to admit that He is God and you are not. You have to admit that you need him. You have to admit that we are not of most importance, and that produces humility in your life.
Humility produces service in your life
As humility before God grows in your life through your dependence on God and passion for God, that humility will point you to viewing others with humility. God begins to change the way we look at others and instead of thinking about all we need and want, we begin to see what others need and want. Even more so, we begin to serve others instead of ourselves just as David did when we has a shepherd, when we was a warrior, and when he was King.
However, the most important aspect about David is that he points us to Jesus. David started out as a shepherd and then became a shepherd of different sorts when we became Israel’s king. All of this points to one that would come from his lineage that would be called the Good Shepherd.
John 10:11 ESV I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
To Experience God’s Passion in your life you must surrender to the Good Shepherd
Here is the part we cannot miss, to truly experience God’s passion in your life you and I must surrender to the Good Shepherd, The Messiah, Jesus, who did lay down his life for us on the cross. Although He is the King and Creator of all and despite never sinning, he pays the price for our sin on the cross. He wants to lead you to a relationship with the creator and as a shepherd lead you though this life, but we must surrender to him and receive his gift of grace. You see anyone can buy you an amazing present, but it is up to you to receive it as a present from them, if you do not receive it you miss out on the gift, not them after all they already purchased it and had the joy of giving it.
As you go through this week, maybe as you eat a tootsie roll lollypop, remember Jesus cares about your heart and soul most of all. So much so that He laid down his life that you and I might receive the greatest gift of grace ever known. May you surrender to him, depend on him, passionately pursue him, and humble serve him and others this week.