What to Aim For

What to Aim For

What to Aim For

What to Aim for

William MarshalPhilip II - King of France

 

 

 

 

“William, the Earl of Pembroke, is the most loyal man and true that I have ever known, in any country I have been.”

King Phillip II

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

Genesis 2:15-17

 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

  • God’s Commands to Adam
  • Work and care for the Garden
  • Not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Adam

  • Failed at the work God had for him
  • Rejected doing God’s will
  • Failed to protect his wife

Genesis 3:1-6

                Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

                        2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

                        4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

                        6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Jesus

John 4:34:27-34

                        27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

                        28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

                        31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

                        32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

                        33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

                        34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

  • Jesus lived to do God’s will
  • Completed God’s Work
  • Cared for His bride (Church)

Here is something Paul says about the two:

  • Adam – was given life
  • Jesus – was the giver of life

Some things we need to guard against

1. Passivity

 DOING NOTHING MAY SEEM NATURAL AND COMFORTABLE AT TIMES.

Some things we need to guard against

  • 1. Passivity
  • 2. Avoid irresponsibly handling the work of God

Here is what I challenged the men this weekend:

  • That it would be clear to them that the primary responsibility for the well being of others rests on them and that others are relying on them.
  • To recognize and assume that responsibility faithfully

Aim for this:

  • I am aiming to be a person who fulfills God’s will
  • I am aiming to be a person who fully does the work God has entailed for my life
  • I am aiming to care for the things God has called me to protect

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