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Go Big Or Go Home

One year ago today, many of us did what we always do the last day of the year – we reflect and we project.

  • We reflect on the last year and project what we will do in the new year.
  • Some of those goals we met, some we made progress on, and some we never really committed much effort.
  • One person said, “My goal for 2017 was to lose 10 pounds. I only have 15 to go!”

Well, I for one get excited about the new year. I always see it as an opportunity to challenge myself and you.

So today, I’m going to challenge us to be extravagant in our goal setting this year.

I’m saying to you, go big or go home. That just simply means go all out, bold or not at all.

A. When you go to God, go big, dream big, ask big, live big. You will never live so big that you are too big for God.

If you don’t know what you want, you will get what you do not want. If you do not know who you want to become, you will become someone you never wanted to be.

If you don’t know what life you want to live, you’re going to live the life someone else wants you to live.

If you do not know what you want God to do in your life, you will wonder why He gave you so little, while the whole time He was waiting for you to see how much He wanted to entrust with you.

There’s a great story on the Old Testament with a couple of principles for Going Big.

I Kings 19:19-21 (MSG):

Elijah went straight out and found Elisha son of Shaphat in a field where there were twelve pairs of yoked oxen at work plowing; Elisha was in charge of the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak over him. 20 Elisha deserted the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please! Let me kiss my father and mother good-bye—then I’ll follow you.” “Go ahead,” said Elijah, “but, mind you, don’t forget what I’ve just done to you.” 21 So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat—a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.

A. The story told

B. A great example for our going into 2018 with big dreams and big goals. 

1. To go big with God, you’ve got to deal with your present. 

A. To follow the prophet of God, Elijah, Elisha had to first let go of his present.

  • Oxen
  • Plow

B. As long as he had ownership of a team of oxen and a plow, he had options.

But when he butchered his oxen and broke up that plow and burned it, he was all in. He reconciled his past and his present and moved on.

C. The oxen and plow were familiar and comfortable for him. But to move away from mom and dad and follow a prophet was going big.

D. And I ask you, do you ever get tired of the same ole, same ole?

Do you ever look at someone else living the dream and wish that were you?

Do you ever just think if this is “it,” “it” is not what I really want?

Do you ever want to just go all out? Run fast and hard and do something big with your life and for God?

E. Well, if not now, then when? I say, “Go big or go home!”

F. Maybe you need to slaughter some oxen and burn a plow.

  • Maybe a habit.
  • Maybe an attitude that just keeps you bound.
  • Maybe a relationship you shouldn’t be in – a friendship – dating someone you know isn’t going anywhere – engaged to the wrong person, in partnership with someone that’s ruining your character.
  • Ok, got it. You’re there. But what are you going to do about it?
  • Now, right now, is the time to deal with it.

1. The present moment is all you have.

2. If now – right now – is all we have, then what are we going to do with our now?

3. Eckhart Tulle says, “The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.”

4. We’ve often heard, “There’s no better time than the present.” I say to you, the present is all the time there is.

5. Now is the time to burn your plow. Now is the time to have a barbeque using your oxen. Now is the time to go big or go home!

2. To go big with God, you’ve got to step into your future. 

A. Elisha – vs. 21, “Then he left and followed…”

B. Now is all you have – then now is the follow.

C. You don’t need a month or two to make all your plans.

You don’t need to go organize your life before you start.

You don’t need to bank roll a fortune before your “then he followed…”

D. I say to you that if you don’t start today, your opportunity starts to dwindle.

E. To wake up tomorrow, January 1, 2018, with a fresh start, a new attitude, a new lease on life, a new beginning – then it will depend on the decision you make today right here and right now.

F. I don’t know what all you’re wanting to do – I’m not aware of your dreams –

  • Lose weight
  • Get in shape
  • Pay down debt
  • Advance your career
  • Go back to school
  • Travel
  • Grow your relationships
  • All of these are good. Go for it. Go big or go home.
  • But I promise you, you will not live out your heart dream without God being first and foremost in your life. He is the dream-giver.

G. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have peace in your heart – a clean conscience – a clear mind – a real purpose – a sense of significance in your life?

H. Let me help you.

1. Bible reading plans

2. Prayer partners – praying daily

3. Life groups – 40 Days of Prayer

4. Sharing your faith

5. Growth Track and doing ministry

Live life with a passion. Live life with boldness. Live life with a purpose. Get up in the morning for a reason.

Burn your plow! Barbeque your oxen. Go big or go home!

Worship Set

Only King Forever 

- Mack Brock, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, 

Verse 1

Our God and firm foundation
Our Rock the only solid ground
The nations rise and fall
Kingdoms once strong now shaken
We trust forever in Your name
The name of Jesus
We trust the name of Jesus

Chorus 1

You are the only King forever
Almighty God we lift You higher
You are the only King forever
Forevermore You are victorious

Verse 2

Unmatched in all Your wisdom
In love and justice You will reign
And ev'ry knee will bow
We bring our expectations
Our hope is anchored in Your name
The name of Jesus
Oh we trust the name of Jesus

Misc 1 (Bridge)

We lift our banner high
We lift the name of Jesus
From age to age You reign
Your kingdom has no end

He Shall Reign Forevermore 

- Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher

Verse 1

In the bleak mid-winter
All creation groans
For a world in darkness
Frozen like a stone
Light is breaking
In a stable for a throne

Chorus 1

(And) He shall reign forevermore forevermore
And He shall reign forevermore forevermore
Unto us a Child is born
The King of kings and Lord of lords
And He shall reign forevermore forevermore

Verse 2

If I were a wise man
I would travel far
If I were a shepherd
I would do my part
But poor as I am
I will give to Him my heart

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Here within a manger lies the One
Who made the starry skies
This baby born for sacrifice
Christ the Messiah
Into our hopes into our fears
The Savior of the world appears
The promise of eternal years
Christ the Messiah

How He Loves 

- John Mark McMillan

Verse 1

He is jealous for me loves like a hurricane
I am a tree bending beneath
The weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden I am unaware of
These afflictions eclipsed by glory
I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

Misc 1 (Pre-Chorus)

Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
How He loves us so

Chorus 1

(Yeah) He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves

Verse 2

We are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we're all sinking
So Heaven meets earth
Like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way that