Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Niko Prajogo, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 26 Nov 2017.
From the book “Half Time - Moving from Success to Significance”, here are the definitions of success and significance:-
· Success is one’s own achievement, which may or may not benefit others: successful business, career. In pursuing success, one may push aside others; press others down to deliver what he wants; manipulates others to gain profits; and so on.
· Significance is where (many) others benefit from what you do (whether that is success on its own or not): community works, build up others.
In the Bible, we see a foolish rich man in Luke 12:15-21, who thought that he had done well but God rebuked him as he was not rich towards God. What we perceive might be totally different from God’s perception. We can see it in Samuel perceiving Eliab as the next king; but God said David. The Israelites were so afraid of Goliath (tall, strong, warrior since childhood). It is easy if you already know “the end” of the story. All of our works will be tested by fire to see it is made of gold, precious stones or hay.
If we first seek what God sees as important, we will please Him even though it might not look well to people.
Seeking God first is “easier” because He is righteous and just – the most just Person. It opens up equal opportunities for all people – privileged and underprivileged people; educated and uneducated people; rich and poor; all kinds of people. See the example of the widow’s offering in Mark 12:41-44, where she gave all she had out of her poverty.
1. To glorify God, we need to be saved
God is a holy God. Sinful man cannot even come to Him, much less glorify Him. Always remember that we are saved only by His Works … none of ours will do. Therefore, we have the same convictions on others: how could they be saved without His grace? We were enemies but we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son (Romans 5:10).
Our salvation is the beginning
· In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5)
· In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,(Ephesians 1:11)
· In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
Give thanks to the Lord that He has saved us and He is working in our lives.
Our convictions on our salvation will motivate us to preach the Gospel to the lost.
Despite all our failings and challenges, our hope is in the Lord because His hands sustain us.
That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)
2. To glorify God, we need to be changed in our character
There are Christians whose life becomes a stumbling block to others
· Foul words, harsh words – Hallelujah in church; but when angry …
· Cheating, not trustworthy; gossiping; slandering & prejudice
· Borrowing money, never return >> don’t let this happen
· Don’t lend any money to anybody in the church; ask them to approach the Leaders
We are saved by His Grace – Grace of God is the power for us to live for Him. Grace of God is the power for us to live in obedience; to be conformed to His image. Trusting and depending on God’s grace does not remove our responsibility on how we live. The Bible gives us lots of Commandments on how to live as God’s children. Commandments are for us to do and to obey – they don’t immediately work in our lives; we don’t automatically obey – and therefore it is called Commandment!
Work by Grace of God and Obey the Holy Spirit to transform your life that will bring glory to Him
Prompting Not to Sin; to Stop thinking filthy thoughts; to Stop getting angry; to Stop being revengeful;
You have the Choice; You have the Grace (Power); You have the Spirit (to put to death the flesh).
Choose to OBEY God. Read Ephesians 4:20-24– throw off our old nature and put on your new nature. We have do to it ourselves but with help from the grace of God. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
3. To glorify God, we need to be anointed
God works in both the natural and supernatural realms. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him (Acts 10:38)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The Holy Spirit is given to us to demonstrate God’s Power. You can have more than just one gift. You start from one, focus on one first, then develop the rest. If you are faithful in small things, God will entrust you with bigger things. Gifts must be used and exercised, or else no one will benefit from the gifts. The Bible mentions of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
a. Motivational Gifts (Romans 12:6-8) - this gift provides encouraging strength (motivation) for our life, to build our character, so that God can manifest all of His Holy Spirit.
b. Supernatural Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10) - gifts given by the Holy Spirit to edify the church and do the Lord’s work in a powerful way.
We have different gifts. You are unique and you receive special gifts! Use it to glorify God.