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Whatcha Gonna Do With Whatcha Got Left? // Part 6

Love Lavishly

Luke 15 - God loves people

 Question - Have you ever misunderstood someone? Me and the shopping list. Tahini Sauce?


Jesus welcomed the broken and those pushed out because He loves. And he wants us to catch the vision of his love.

Luke 15

 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Why is Jesus telling these stories?

Its in response to the religious people complaining that He's spending too much time with unchurched people.

 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home.

•Jesus argues that a good shepherd searches for the sheep.

•But do we?  

•Would we be afraid that the sheep would lead others astray?

Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Sheep that's Missing -

•Jesus sees differently and He wants us to see with His eyes. God is doing something new. The heart of God is to go after the broken, the pushed out ones.

•Jesus says you're worth it.

•Lost people are worth connecting. Broken people are worth healing.

•Jesus invites us to help him seek after the lost.

•The question is, do the lost know that God is seeking them? If they look at our actions, listen to our words, do they know?

• What do good stewards do when a portion of their money is missing? They look for it.

• Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?

• Look at the great lengths she has gone. Look at the initiative, the energy expended.

• Jesus says that’s what God is doing to the lost.

9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

• When they find it they rejoice.

• Jesus is saying there are 9 coins that are safe. 9 out of 10 is a good statistic but not for Jesus because the 1 was lost.

• Jesus invites the question from us. Do the lost know that God is seeking them with a force so great?

• Coins don’t lose themselves. They are dropped.

• Some of you have been dropped. You've been hurt, let down, abused. But, you still have value to God.

• Jesus tells this story to say to you that he is willing to do whatever it takes to find you. He's pursuing you.

 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13  “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17  “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21  “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Prodigal Son

• Son believed that his father's possessions were more important than his father's presence.

• If I can only get out of the Father's house and still have his possession, everything would be better.

• None of us plan to throw everything away.

• Sin is fun, for awhile.

• He finds himself further away than he ever imagined.

• He begins rehearsing his speech. He starts talking his way out of the family.

• Jesus tells a different story of the Father. What father is going to give his son his possession and let him run off and squander it? But Jesus tells the story of a Father that respects our choices.

• Aafter the fact, what father would be willing to accept them with open arms back. But, Jesus tells the story of a Father who is full of grace.

 This is a story about a God who walks through unknown terrain, cleans out houses, and stand on his porch waiting for the lost to come home.

How to Love like Jesus?

1. See value in every person

a. Jesus said God's Kingdom was like the shepherd who refuses to leave behind the unhealthy, misguided sheep.

b. Its like a woman who sees value in the 1 misplaced coin and tears the house apart to find it.

c. Its like a father, who respects the decision of his child, but eagerly awaits his child's return.  

d. For some of us the starting place is to see with the eyes of Jesus. See that every person has value regardless of what they’ve done or who they are.  

e. For some of us we have to act on that recognition and add value to people.

f. That we would show up in their lives, just to make their lives better. E.G. – How can I help you? How can I add value to you? I just want to help you?

g. Some of us - we have to see that God is actively searching for you. Jesus actively is looking for you. He’s pursuing you.

h. Me being lost as a kid.

i. Jesus is saying, won’t you help me church? Won't you help me find those far from God and bring them back? Won't you see with the eyes of Jesus that every person has value?

j. Won’t you help me pick up the broken, help the down and out, reach a hand across the table to my broken neighbor. Won’t you help me go out into the valleys.

k. Let us not be the grumbling people watching from a distance, but let us be the shepherd walking through dangerous terrain to find the one hurting sheep. Let us pick them up and bring them to the fold.

l. Let us see with the eyes of Jesus.

2. Enter into their world

a. In order to make a difference He had to enter into their world, into our world.

b. I'm so grateful that He entered into our world.

c. The world can be a messy place. Jesus didn't spend His time with those that believed they were perfect. He spent his time with:

i. Those labeled as sinners.

ii. Tax Collectors

iii. Those who were sick.

iv. The outcasts of society.

v. The blind

vi. The lepers

vii. The ones that needed God's grace

viii. He spent his time with people who's lives were messy.

ix. Because the message of God's love wasn't making it to them.

d. The best way to communicate God's love was to send an agent. Not just any agent, He sent His Son.

e. "Anytime God's message isn't making it to a certain group of people, he will send a messenger."

f. Jesus had to be present

g. Jesus welcomed those who looked different than what the church expected. In fact, that's why he started telling these stories. In the beginning of this chapter we see that "sinners and tax collectors" were surrounding Jesus. But the church leaders complained.

i. The heart of Jesus is to welcome every person into his kingdom. He didn't require them to clean themselves up before he welcomed them. He just welcomed them.

ii. They thought it was impossible to get to God, but Jesus said, I'll build a bridge.

iii. The Pharisees didn't like that he hung out with sinners, but how else will we find God unless someone reaches out to us?

h. If its uncomfortable, its probably God inviting you to work on it.

i. If you look at your relationships and you see a lack of a certain group of people, God is inviting you to reach out.

j. If you look in your relationships and see a lack of unchurched people, its an invitation to bring more unchurched people into your circle.

k. If we are to be a church that reaches the community it means we have to step into our community; seeing where we can make a difference.

3. Celebrate connecting the community to God

a. It took work. Every one of these stories there's great work that took place.

i. The shepherd went through unknown terrains and obstacles to find the lost sheep. and, at the end, a celebration took place.

ii. The woman cleaned her entire house in the middle of the night. Pushing furniture around. It took time but when she found it, she celebrated.

iii. And the father, waited for untold years before he ever saw his son walk down that dirt road. Then he celebrated.

b. In Jesus' eyes he saw people who were troubled, who had been on the outside looking in and he said no more. He pursues them and brings them in.

c. He urges us to do the same. To go looking for people who are hurt, broken, feeling invaluable - show them that they are invaluable to God, and celebrate their return home.

d. I want us to catch the heart of God and walk through unknown terrain to find the lost. I want us to clean out houses to find the lost. I want us to do whatever it takes to add value to those in our community and bring them to God.

e. There is great effort in reaching other’s with the Good News. It requires being someone’s friend first.

f. But one day, as we stay consistent in their lives, they will turn to you and ask the question, “Tell me about Jesus.”

g. Or, one day, they will accept your invitation to come to church. (Celebrate!)

h. That’s what Jesus wants the complainers to see. That this business of making a relationship with God, available to others, is a joy. But they were too busy complaining, too busy blocking the way to God, too busy staying away from those who were different, too busy putting up walls to see.

i. Jesus celebrated tearing down walls. He celebrated being around the community. He celebrated when one person from the community said yes, I’ll follow. That was worth celebrating.

Worship Set

Praise Goes On 

- Christopher Brown, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye

Verse 1

Here in your light we find
What makes us come alive
A sacrifice of praise
A city on a hill
Surrendered to your will
Your glory on display
Your glory on display

Misc 1 (Pre-Chorus)

Awesome in this place
Jesus you are awesome in this place
Worthy to be praised
Jesus you are worthy to be praised

Chorus 1

You will be praised
You will be praised

Verse 2

Your love a force of grace
Consuming every space
It's uncontainable
You're coming like a flood
Our hearts are filling up
All things are possible
All things are possible

Misc 2 (Bridge)

Your praise goes on and on
Forever more
We lift the name of Jesus
Your kingdom come
Is what we're living for
We lift the name of Jesus

Until My Voice Is Gone

- Travis Ryan

No other king commands our full attention
No other names above all other names
No other throne rules over every nation
No other god deserves our highest praise
No other death could buy our sweet redemption
No other blood could wash away our shame
No other cross could lead to resurection

Alabaster Jar 

- Walker Beach and Zach Neese

Verse 1

This alabaster jar is all I have of worth
I break it at Your feet Lord
It's less than You deserve
You're far more beautiful
More precious than the oil
The sum of my desires
And the fullness of my joy
Like You spilled Your blood I spill my heart
As an off'ring to my King

Chorus 1

Here I am take me as an offering
Here I am giving ev'ry heartbeat for Your glory
Take me

Verse 2

This time that I have left is all I have of worth
I lay it at Your feet Lord
It's less than You deserve
And though I've little strength
And though my days are few
You gave Your life for me
So I will live my life for You
Like You spilled Your blood I spill my heart
As an off'ring to my King

Misc 1 (Bridge)

(You are) Worthy worthy
You are worthy
Worthy is the Lord