Average… Forget The Shortcuts!

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Average..., Podcasts
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Hello I’m Dr. ed peterson the host of the me and I Am post and podcast. i’m sharing about my unwillingness to be called average and what the word says about what average looks like.

It’s time to see what Jesus describes as average and the flip side of NOT being average. Jesus is speaking in Matthew 7:13 (MSG). Don’t look for shortcuts to God.” Average people Shortcutlook for shortcuts to God. One example of how this speaks to me is regarding my quiet time, my alone time with God. While i can and do pray through-out the day, as i’m driving, working, shopping etc., i need to have some intentional time. Time where i PURPOSE to listen and pray, in a PRIVATE place free from distractions and while there is no magic amount of time to spend there, Jesus example was of a PROLONGED time. If I’m not going to be average then i’ll need Purposed, Private, Prolonged without any shortcuts time with God.  

Matthew 7:14 (MSG) “The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do.” Even though crowds of people do it. Even though the average person does it. Jesus is saying, life is not practiced in your spare time. Relationships are not practiced in my your time. Your words are not practiced in your spare time. my actions are not to be practiced in my spare time. Love is not practiced in my spare time. Jesus says, The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” To be vigorous is to be strong, active, robust, energetic, forceful, powerful in action or effect. Jesus says, the way to ME requires total attention. Luke 6:45 (NIV) says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” If i make take some liberty here by sharing what i’m hearing from this verse. A man who is not average brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an average man brings evil out of the evil stored in his heart. For the mouth speaks what both the average man and the not so average man’s heart is full of.

Matthew 7:15-20 “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned. Here are some words that pertain to everyone, average or not. Look for character! Who, and i’ll substitute people in place of just preachers are, is the main thing, not what they say! In this day and age it is difficult to find righteous men and women. Why? Because we are a people who settles for less. Out of comfort, complacency, convenience, laziness, and the reasons go on, we have way more knowledge than we do obedience. “When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers (the average teachers)! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.”

In closing Jesus shares why this should matter to me Matthew 7:21-25. ed, “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands (average) strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here. These words I speak to you ed are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build your life on.”

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