Local & Legacy (PT. 3)

God Calls All Of His Believers To Live A Missional Life.

Tim Lundy
Oct 24, 2021    45m
Do you ever wonder what the purpose of our lives is? This message teaches us that God calls all who believe in Jesus to live a missional life in service to others, He wants us to live with a sense of mission in every area of our lives. We should live in a way that brings good to wherever God's placed you, pray with the expectation that God will move in miraculous ways, know what you believe and learn how to express it to others, embrace that it will be hard, give away what is precious to you, and to quit allowing your morality to undermine your mission. Video recorded at Los Gatos, California.

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Tim Lundy: [00:01:26] Well, Venture, over the last couple of weeks, we've been looking at how God is using our church, literally, unleashing his power through us to have impact around the world. And the last couple of weeks, I don't know about you, just hearing the different stories of how God's moving in India and Mexico and the Middle East and Ethiopia, it was so powerful. That there was something about it, especially as you hear about these believers in a hard context, the way they're stepping out by faith, there's something about it that I found it a soul level, very stirring.

Tim Lundy: [00:02:03] And this week, as we kind of move back to where we're focusing on the fifth region, the Bay Area, how God's moving through our church locally. My prayer for this message, my prayer for this time, has been that we don't lose that same powerful sense of stirring because I think this is so fundamental to everything in our lives. You know, it's been said the two greatest days in your life are the day that you're born and the day you discover why you were born. That all of us have that sense of, we want to know our purpose on this planet. we want to know that we're making a difference. we want to know that our life has meaning, we want to have a sense of mission about our life. And I think that's part of what stirred us, as we hear what God's doing in those regions, you can hear the purpose in their life, you can see that sense of mission. But I think there's a disconnect, it's almost a strange disconnect, between a sense of mission and missions. As soon as you had that s on the end of it and we go to missions for many people, they immediately go, oh, missions, that's what those other people do, that's what missionaries do, or pastors do, or spiritual people do. And we disconnect what our daily life is supposed to be about, and not realize that mission and missions are intimately connected because of how God designed it.

Tim Lundy: [00:03:36] You know, this topic of missions is so important we've been in the middle of a series where we've been looking at resilient faith, and we kind of put a pause in one way we looked at those practices of resilient faith, but they actually tie together. In fact, if you look back at this list, the five practices of resilient disciples, and remember, we're talking about young people who are raised in the church, those who are 18 to 29, what are the practices that produce that 10 percent who have what we would call this resilient faith? They're resilient disciples, that are really walking and making a difference. And we looked at, they have a real experience with Jesus, they've developed cultural discernment, a few weeks ago, we looked at meaningful relationships.

Tim Lundy: [00:04:22] Look at number four here, this is, they have a countercultural mission, it's just embedded in their life that they believe that they're here on mission. And for many of them, it came through their experience in missions, in trips, in their church. And so that's why what we're doing these weeks, that's why we rehearse it every year, that's why we'll constantly call you to it. That's why we want to look at it today, of how do we train these kinds of disciples based on what God's doing in us and through us?

Tim Lundy: [00:05:00] Now I want to do a couple of things. One, I want to back way up, I mean, way up. I want to give you some foundational principles that even when I go through them, you might ask yourself, OK, how did these apply to missions? So often we just go to missions, and what we need to do, and where the need is. And if we don't have some of the underpinnings, I don't think we produce countercultural disciples with a real sense of mission. So we're going to look at those foundational principles, and then we'll zoom in on what are some practical ways we can live this out.

Tim Lundy: [00:05:31] Let me give you the first of these foundational principles. The first one is, God is good and worthy of all glory. I told you I was going to go way out, I'm going way out, God is good. And when I say that good, I'm not just saying qualitatively, like, he's a good guy, or he does good, I'm literally saying he's the source of good. Anything that we know that is good, it's only because it came from God. it's his character. Anything that we experience that's good, it's because we live in a world that was created by God. And in his mercy, it says he rains down mercy on the just and even unjust, that people get to experience goodness in this life because of God. Jesus was called good, and he said these words, Jesus said to the person who called him good, he says, why do you call me good? No one is good, except God alone. Now, Jesus wasn't saying he's not God, and Jesus wasn't saying he wasn't good, he was making the guy identify, hey, if you're going to call me good, are you calling me God too? And notice what he's pointing out here, it's this principle that we're saying, no one is good except God, he literally is the definition of goodness. And so anything that we experience in life, it's going to be good only because it came from God.

Tim Lundy: [00:06:55] Now, you flip with that as well, all of our lives are to not only experience that goodness, but also to give him glory. that's the very purpose of humanity. I love how he puts it in Isaiah, he says, "Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the Earth." And again, this whole concept of a missional God, he's always had a picture that he wanted the whole planet of people to experience him. He says, "Bring them from far away, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created..." And look why he created us, "... for my glory, whom I formed and made.” That when we're thinking about why I'm on this planet, and what I want to experience in life, I start with the fact that I have a God who is the very source of goodness in life, and I was created to bring Him glory.

Tim Lundy: [00:07:50] And you say, OK, Tim, what's that have to do with missions? Just stick with me here, let's go to point two, everything God does in our lives, and commands us to do, is for our good and His glory. So, if He's the source of good and we were created for glory, then everything that He tells me to do, every command that He gives, he does it, why? For my good because He is good, remember, everything that comes out of Him is good, and everything that even happens in my life is for my good and His glory.

Tim Lundy: [00:08:22] Why do I say that? Look how Moses put it in Deuteronomy, I love this passage. He's talking to the of God, he says, “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God." In other words, you recognize there's no one like him, "To walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13and to keep the commandments and statutes." To do what he tells you to do. But why do you do what he tells you to do? Look at the reason why, "Which I am commanding you today for your good." Guys, there's not one commandment God gives, there's not one rule, there's not one boundary he draws, there's nothing he tells us to do that is ever for our bad, it's always for our good. Now, it doesn't always feel that way to me, some of his commandments I don't like, some of the things he commands me to step out and do, man, they stretch me, they may scare me. But here's what I can rest in, it's always, always for my good.

Tim Lundy: [00:09:34] And even when the bad things come in life, even when there's sin in life, even living in a fallen world, God is able to use those circumstances. He doesn't say those things are good, he never says death is good, or sickness is good, or any of the evil that's in this world. God's not saying it's all good, but you know what he does for his children, for those who love him? Look at Romans 8:28 puts it, "We know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose." Notice this, those who are living out that missional life he's called them to, he has the ability to weave all of it for my good, and so I can always trust him in it no matter what I'm facing, no matter what I'm going through, that God, you're going to use this for my good. Maybe what I'm going through is not good, but you can use this for my good. But just think about that for a second, he's good and everything's for his glory, and he never commands me to do anything unless it's for my good. And even the bad stuff in life he weaves, he can use, for my good and bring about good.

Tim Lundy: [00:10:47] Now again, you go, Tim, what does that have to do with mission, stick with me here, let's keep going with it. The third thing, God is a missional God and we're created in his image. Now, remember, we're talking about core wiring here, we're talking about purpose on the planet. And so, as Christians, we believe we were created in the image of God. And here's the core thing about God, he's a missional God. From the very beginning of the story, the very beginning of the Bible, he's a God who goes on mission.

Tim Lundy: [00:11:17] I mean, think about the story of Adam and Eve, they had one command, they broke the command, when they realized they'd done it, they felt guilty and they hid themselves. What does God do in that story? He goes looking for them, he doesn't leave them to themselves, he doesn't just let them stay in their ruin. See, he's a missional God.

Tim Lundy: [00:11:44] And from that story, through the whole Bible, there's this promise that you're not condemned. Because Jesus was willing to come, you’re talking about the missional God, God in the flesh, Jesus, look what he says, "The son of man came." Do you know why Jesus came? "To seek and save the lost." This is our God, guys, this is fundamental to who he is, this is his very character, he's a God who goes on mission because he's so determined to seek and save those who lost, those who are in ruin.

Tim Lundy: [00:12:18] And so as we look at this, just think about it for a moment, if I'm created in his image, don't you think it's probably fundamental to my wiring to be missional as well? Don't you think it's probably fundamental to my very purpose in life if I was made like him? If this is who he is? And don't you think that if I'm not living that out, I'm probably frustrated. If I'm not living out according to the core wiring of how I was made, can you think of anything that's more boring, or frustrating, or anxiety-producing, or any of the other things that so many of the people on the planet, Christians included, experience? And it may have to do with this mission.

Tim Lundy: [00:13:08] Well, look at point three with me, or point four, God does not need us to accomplish his mission. So let me just state that right at the beginning, because any time you have a time when you're talking about missions and that, it's real easy to sell this whole thing based on need. I can show you a lot of pictures, I can show your needs around the world, I can show you starving children, I can show you all the different things that we need you to do. And it's almost like a late-night commercial, you know, with the poor puppy that you are needed today with that. I'm going to tell you, in God's program, he doesn't need you, he doesn't need your money, he doesn't need any of your gifts, your ability, anything you have, God does not need you. Remember, he's God, he's the source of all goodness, he's a missional God, he could do this, no matter what, without you. Now, as I say that some of you might go, whew, good, off the hook, I was feeling kind of guilty there. Well, let me ask you if you felt that, if you felt that sense of whew, why, why would you feel that way?

Tim Lundy: [00:14:17] And here's what I mean, I'm not trying to make you feel guilty, here's what I want you to identify in yourself. You're going, whew, man, I don't want to do that. And I just told you that your core wiring, because you were created in the image of God, is to be missional. Are we actually maybe talking ourselves out of the core purpose of why we're on the planet? Or maybe somewhere along the way, we got deceived and thinking our reasons here or something else and we're chasing something else.

Tim Lundy: [00:14:50] See, here's what I love, God doesn't need us, but let's go to the next point with it, he's chosen to accomplish his mission with us and through us. He doesn't need us. but in his design, and only God could come up with it, he decided, yeah, I'm going to do it through them, I'm going to do it with them. You're plan A, and he doesn't have a Plan B by the way, I mean, his church, his people. And it's been that way from the very beginning, you go all the way back to Abraham, when he called Abraham and he said, man, I'm going to make you a great nation, Abraham. Look what he said in it, though it was never just about Abraham and his people, he says, "I'm going to bless you, I'm going to multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the seashore. Your offspring shall possess the gate of the enemies." Man, do you feel the blessing he gives. And he says, "And in your offspring..." He's pointing to Jesus here, "...somebody who's going to come out of your line, shall the nations of the Earth be blessed." See all the way back here with Israel he says, it's never just your people, Abraham, it's never just one nation. It's always been a plan that through you, man, I'm going to bless the planet, I'm going to do something through you and with you.

Tim Lundy: [00:16:13] And Jesus, in the same way after he was resurrected, in one of the most radical plans ever, looks at his disciples and gives a command to them that extends to this day. I mean, we know it as the great commission, I don't think we appreciate how radical it is. He came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Let me stop right there, he says, I've got all authority, in other words, I don't need anybody else, I don't need one other person on the planet. I have come and conquered sin, I have conquered death itself, I have conquered the forces of hell, I've overcome everything, I don't need you. But do you know what, I'm going to use you, I'm going to partner with you? "You go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe." So they're going to need to come to Christ, they've got to have experienced that, and then baptism is that sign of it. You're going to need to teach them everything I commanded, and don't worry, because you guys don't have the ability to do it. but remember, I've got all authority, I can do it. And so, "I'll be with you always." And I love this line here, "Even to the end of the age." Because I don't know, we might be at the very end of the age, or maybe there'll be another thousand years to come. I don't know, it feels to me a lot like we're at the end of the age. It doesn't matter where we are in history, he's still with us, he's still doing it, and he still chose to do his mission through us.

Tim Lundy: [00:17:53] So God doesn't need your money to do missions, but you know what, he looks at you and says, yeah, give your money, give radically. He doesn't need your time, he says, no, I want you to give your time. He doesn't need your gifts, your ability, he says, I want you to use them, because remember, this is why you're here. And so if it matches why you're here, if it matches your purpose in life, if it matches how you were created in his image, the reason he calls us to that is, one, it's for our good. Remember, he doesn't command us anything that's not for our good. And so if he's commanding us to partner with him in this, I can promise you, this is for your good, I think it's actually for your fulfillment. I think it may be the reason so many people are frustrated in life, is they've lost sight of this, they think this is some extra command to do on top of life, they think there's this extra thing to do when I have some time, at some point in my life when I have a little bit more money, and when maybe the kids are out of this stage, and then I can be about that, you know, that missional type living. And in the process, they lose out on the very core of why we're here.

Tim Lundy: [00:19:14] See, Jesus said, I'm not going to keep it all to myself, I want to do it with you, I want to do it through you. Guy's it would be so much easier for God to just do it himself. You think about it, God doesn't need our money, literally, God could look on our planet at any moment and pull out a whole vein of gold out of the Earth, he'd have all the resources he needs, he knows where every drop of oil is, he knows where every uranium, every precious stone, every diamond, he could pull it out. Frankly, he could pull that out a lot easier than pulling money out of some of our pockets, he doesn't need it. God doesn't need my preaching ability, or the ability of any person, or that, he doesn't need it, he could write it in the sky, he could speak, he could show up in any way he wants. But here's what I love about it, he knows because we're created in his image, he knows that this is so core to who we are, he knows what this does and the fulfillment of life, and the purpose of life, and the glory to him, that he says, hey, instead of me doing it all, man, I want the joy of doing it through you, and he invites us to be a part.

Tim Lundy: [00:20:27] Guys, at the core of this mission, point six, for our good and for his glory, our whole lives are a mission from God. Every part of our life is this mission. Now, when I say that, you may be asking, Tim, are you saying everybody's supposed to be a missionary? Are you saying everybody's supposed to be a minister? Absolutely not, that'd be horrible, a lot of you would be terrible at it, literally, you would be wretched. And frankly, I'd be wretched at what you do. No, and think about it, God's a much better strategist than that, God's whole goal isn't to try to get everybody to be what we call a missionary or a minister. And by the way, God's goal for your job isn't just so you can make some money and support ministers and missionaries, he's got a much bigger picture than that.

Tim Lundy: [00:21:22] When I talk about your whole life is a mission, it includes your vocation. In fact, I don't know if you saw that on that list of the practices for resilient disciples, that's number five on it, is vocational discipleship, a sense of how does my job matter? How does what I do matter? And we're going to talk about that next week, because it's so important, and we don't talk about it enough.

Tim Lundy: [00:21:43] What I'm saying is, it encompasses everything you do, it encompasses no matter what your job is, no matter where your home is, no matter who your friends are, no matter where you are, your life on this planet itself is a mission from God, there's meaning and purpose in it. And the very God who came to seek and save the lost, he's working through you.

Tim Lundy: [00:22:12] And so when we talk about the regions out there, the work of Ethiopia, and the Middle East, and Mexico, and we talk about India, all these unbelievable places and the way we see partnerships through that. I've got to tell you, the place I get most excited about is right where God's placed us here, and the people he wants to use most is all of us because he doesn't want any of us to miss out on it.

Tim Lundy: [00:22:40] And here's what you'll find about resilient disciples, remember, I talked about those categories, you've got the prodigals, and you've got some that are just habitual churchgoers, you've got some that are nomads with it? Look at the mindset, though, of resilient disciples, they get this. Look at some of the tracking from this, the prodigals in each of the categories, look what it says. I want to see Jesus reflected in me through my words and actions. Look what resilient disciples, 90 percent of them said, yeah, I want that true about my life. Look what they say, when I personally have a responsibility to tell others about my beliefs, they have that sense of mission in it, again, seventy-six percent of resilient disciples, look how different that is than the other categories. I'm excited by the mission of the church in the world today, man, two-thirds of resilient people said, yeah, that's my life, that's what I'm excited about. A major part of my life is to serve others, and again, notice how low the categories here are, and yet this group, there's something about them, that it captured them.

Tim Lundy: [00:23:50] Man, don't we want that true about our kids? Let me go broader than that, don't we want this true about our life? Let me give you some practical ways then, I just want to walk you through, how do we live this out? If this is this core to who we are, if this is this important, man, how do we see this lived out today?

Tim Lundy: [00:24:14] The first thing I would just say to you is, I'm a practical man, live with the sense of mission in every area of your life, in every area. I mean, think through your job, man, how are you living missionally there? How are you using your work to bring glory to God? How are you making an impact? I'm not just talking about sharing, I'm also talking about the quality of your work, the quality of your person, the quality of your testimony. How are you impacting your neighborhood? That's why we do block parties, by the way, because we need to be friends with our neighbors. How are you carving out time to actually have friends with people who don't know Christ? Man, do we so pattern our life that we're always around Christians, that we never connect with those who need to hear? See, I would want every one of us to think, man, if this is why I'm on the planet, if I'm created after a God who does this, and this is the fulfillment of it, how am I patterning my life that my whole life is a mission, not just something I admire of people in other regions, but I'm living it out?

Tim Lundy: [00:25:25] As we do that, number two, you live in a way that brings good to wherever God's placed you. I love how Jeremiah, he's writing to the children of Israel who are in exile and they're in Babylon, and they don't want to be in Babylon because Babylon was not a godly place, Babylon was an anti-god culture. Babylon was where people had all different morals, and all different attitudes, and everything in them was, God, just get us out of Babylon, take us back to our land, our place, our country, because we don't like it here.

Tim Lundy: [00:25:57] And Jeremiah had to tell them, hey, I've got bad news for you, you're going to be there for a while. And in fact, look what he says, he says, "I want you to seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare." He says I want you to live in a way, and to pray in a way, that you're bringing good to Babylon, you're bringing good to a place that frankly may not be good, and you want to see it flourish, and you want to see it succeed, and you want to be a good citizen, and you want to be a good neighbor, and you want to be people.

Tim Lundy: [00:26:36] He goes on further, he says, you ought to plant trees, you ought to take care of gardens, you ought to present and live in a way that it's good for the city. And I would encourage you, for those of us in the Bay Area, it is easy, especially as you see the culture-changing, it's easy to get so antagonistic, and they're bad people, and they believe this, and they're doing that, and we get so antagonistic. And I think we need this mindset, are we praying for the welfare of the Bay? Are we praying for the good of the people here? Are we praying that it would flourish? Are we living in a way that in that welfare we flourish as well, because we're people on mission, and it impacts our whole lives?

Tim Lundy: [00:27:17] The third thing, pray with the expectation that God will move in miraculous ways. It's one of the things I love about this time of year, you get to hear these miracle stories, miracle stories in Ethiopia and in the Middle East. You know, when Farres is sharing about people that have dreams where Jesus is shown up in the dreams. And Muslims, there's a revival that's happening to the Middle East, of Muslims who are going, man, Jesus revealed himself to me, and they're coming to Christ through it. We need the miracles in India of those who are rescued, where God shows up just in time.

Tim Lundy: [00:27:51] Miracle stories, man, do we pray for that today? Do we believe miracles can happen here? And I'm not just talking about healing miracles, I love healing miracles, but are the only miracles we pray for somebody to get healed physically. Are we praying for a spiritual movement across the Bay? Because frankly, if the Bay Area is going to turn, it's going to take a miracle, and we need to pray with that expectation.

Tim Lundy: [00:28:19] Number four, know what you believe and learn how to express it to others. Do you know what you actually believe, so that if somebody asks you what you believe, could you tell them? And I'll just confess, I think we've got to do a better job as a church in equipping you in it, and just walking you through, hey, here's core beliefs, and here's how to express it. It's how Peter said, he says, "Even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed." And he's writing to a church, by the way, that they lived in a really hard place, and they were suffering for it. He says, "Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you." Do you hear what he says, you need to always be prepared to be able to defend what you believe, to always have it. And notice in that, he says, be prepared, he's saying he's actually expecting them to do some work on it.

Tim Lundy: [00:29:14] I talk to people sometimes and they go, oh, I don't share my faith, I don't talk about it because I mean, they may ask me something I don't know how to answer. And I go, yeah, that can happen to anybody, but here's a question, what are you doing about it? I know people they go, man, I'm just not going to share, and you think by osmosis that one night God's going to just deposit these answers into your brain. Have you literally studied every time, if you were asked? Have you read a book about it. have you read anything apologetically? Are you doing anything to live out what Peter says? Peter goes, I actually think you ought to be prepared for it, so you can make a defense. And notice how you do it, you do it with gentleness and respect. Your goal is not to win the argument, it's to win the person, because that's why you're here.

Tim Lundy: [00:30:03] Number five, embrace that it will be hard and choose courage. Embrace it's going to be hard, and guys, it's only going to get harder. I mean, Paul said as much, look what he says here, he says, "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived." We heard this theme the last two weeks, didn't we, in every region? In India where they had to have courage because the laws are being changed, that you're not allowed to share your faith. We heard it in Mexico, where the cartels are there, and these people who are living out their faith, two young men who lost their lives because they're making a difference. We heard it last week in Ethiopia, a young man whose hand was cut off because of his faith in Christ, and he said I'd willingly give the other one because Jesus has changed everything.

Tim Lundy: [00:31:05] Guys, I know, especially here in the Bay, we've gone from a Christian majority over the years in the U.S., to a post-Christian world, and in some ways an anti-Christian world, and it may get worse, and it may get harder. I don't say that to scare us, I just think we need to learn well from those that we're watching around the world, they've lived in this forever, some of them that's all they've ever known. And it might be a season where we have to step forward and embrace it's going to get harder, it's going to take courage, it's going to impact jobs, it's going to impact how people think about you. And like Paul, we just say, hey, I'm going to live a godly life and I expect it, this comes with the territory. And I don't like it, and I don't think it's good, but you know what, I know God will use it for my good and he would never ask me to do this apart from my own good, because he always has my good in mind.

Tim Lundy: [00:32:15] Number six, give away what is precious to you, your money, your time, and your image. Give your money away. I know some of you are going, wait, Tim, you told me earlier, God doesn't need my money. He doesn't need your money, but do you know how he does his work, do you know how he set it up? He commanded, yeah, I want my people to be the ones to give the money for it. Now, why would he do that? Because he just wants money? No, he's got the money, why would he do that? He does that because it's for our good. See, he knows we have this propensity to make money precious, he knows that we have this propensity to make money the center of our life, to worship the money itself, to literally love the money more than anything else, all of us have it, by the way, all of us are prone to it. God knows this about us, and he loves us too much to let it. So he says, here's what I want my people to do, man, don't be a slave to it. Don't be scared of it, I'm not scared of money, God may bless you with money, so we never have to be afraid of money, but we don't want to worship money. And so the most freeing thing you can do in your life is learn to give it away, learn to be generous, learn to give in radical ways.

Tim Lundy: [00:33:38] You know, one of the core things we do in this whole series is we call people to make a faith promise pledge. You either got one of these cards, or you can go online, and this is where we pledge, and we make a faith promise pledge. And what that means is, by faith, every single one of us, we look at an amount that we're going to give next year over and above our regular giving, this is that radical generosity part. And we give it, knowing that it's going to this work outward, it's not to sustain the work of the church, it's the outward work in that. And I call, unashamedly, you need to make a faith promise pledge. If you haven't done so, you can do one online, you need to do it by faith. Why? Because we desperately need it? We need it, God doesn't, but do you know what, you need it, you need to give it for your sake. And God knows that about you so much that he says, hey, how about in this awesome plan I have, what you desperately need to do is let go of some of this money that's got to hold on you, and then I'll use it to impact the planet, and together you get to live out the purpose of why you're here. Isn't that an awesome plan?

Tim Lundy: [00:34:55] You know, what's true about your money, is also true about your time. For some of us, it's easier to give money than time. But I challenge you, pull out your calendar, pull out your calendar, look at the last month, look the last three months, where are you literally giving your time away? Who are you serving? Where does it show up? And if it's not literally on the calendar, we all have this intent, oh yeah, I want it to be missional, it actually shows up in your checkbook and your calendar, those are probably the two ways that you can measure the quickest and easiest.

Tim Lundy: [00:35:31] And I just say, especially for the younger generation, you might have to give up your image, it's getting less cool or popular to be a Christian, to really stand on what he calls us to stand on. And to do that, you may have to sacrifice how people see, you but you do it for the sake of the kingdom. You know, I love how Paul puts it, because they had the same issues back then, by the way, nobody likes being unpopular, nobody likes looking different. And I love how Paul embraces it, though, he said, you know what, I'm a fool for Christ. And here's what he meant, he didn't say he was stupid, he wasn't calling himself just foolish, here's what he's saying, though, he says everybody looks at my life and they think I'm such a fool, everybody thinks I thrown my life away, everybody will say names about me, everybody says stuff. He goes, I know they do all that, I don't care, let them call me a fool, because it's for Christ. Because I've so figured out this is what life's about, I don't care what anybody else thinks about me. I'm telling you if you learn to release your time, and your money, and your image, it'll be one of the most freeing things for your soul that you've ever experienced.

Tim Lundy: [00:36:55] I'll give you two more things, and we'll finish out. Number seven, you need to quit allowing your morality to undermine your mission. And I just say this to a lot of young people in this generation, especially, you're not taking the same moral stand that scripture calls you to. And so the way you talk, your entertainment, your dating life, and your sex life, is no different than the rest of the world, and we're kind of talking ourselves into, well, it's OK. And the reality is, you have this heart that wants to go on a mission, and you want to make a difference, and you want to be a missional person, and you're letting your morality totally undermine it because see, this whole thing that God's called us to, it's a supernatural mission. And you can go out and do a lot of good things in the world, but you'll never be about the mission of Christ until you're willing to align your life to the standards of Christ. That's why, Peter, you know, he said to that church, he says, "But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct." And I implore you, and again, hear me, remember what we said earlier, God never commands you something unless it's for your good. Guys, God's not against sex, God's not against fun, God's not against any of the things that people present him as, the only reason he draws the lines where he draws them, is for our good.

Tim Lundy: [00:38:35] He loves you so much, and he wants to see your life as a beacon to this world, your life as a standard, your life is something different. That point that Peter said, when people look at you and go, hey, tell me about the hope that's in you, tell me why you live that way, because there's something different about you. And I just challenge a lot of you, you won't make those hard stands. And so even though everything and you desperately wants to live a life of mission, man, a life of immorality is cutting the legs out from under it, and you just got to be real about it.

Tim Lundy: [00:39:17] Last point I'd make, and this is to those of us as parents, you need to release your children to God's plan for their life instead of yours. All of us, man, we read this book and we go, man, I want a resilient disciple, I want kids that are like that. And then you get to this point, and to really have a resilient disciple, will I release my child to the plan that God has for their life no matter what? Because I have dreams for my kids, and you know what they usually are around, there around their safety, I want my kids safe, they're around their security, I want them feeling secure in life, it's around their success, I want my kids to be successful. And guess what, all those are good dreams, but I can kind of package all that together and create a plan of what I think my kids are supposed to experience, and either try to prevent them or sell them short of the ultimate plan God has. God may have something much more radical, much more costly, much more dangerous, but at the end of the day, as a parent, wouldn't I want my child to live out the very purpose of why they're on the planet, no matter what it means? Because then I'll know they are in alignment, then they not only know that they were born, but they also know why they were born. Guys, I know have been talking about a lot of big picture stuff, but I think this is so core, and this has been my prayer this whole series, that it's not just this talk about what God's doing out there, but that for each one of us, we really ask the hard question, God, what are you doing in here, and how have you called me to live my life? ,

Tim Lundy: [00:41:11] You know, if you walk to a graveyard, on every headstone, on every person, you'll see two dates, the date they were born and the date they died, and for some lives, those dates are longer than others. But between the dates, everybody has a dash, just one little dash that is their lifetime. The question I have for you, I don't know how long your dash will be, but I know why you're here, and if you're a follower of Jesus Christ, what we're talking about today is the very core of why we're on the planet. That we can experience his good in Christ, that we can bring him glory in Christ, that we get the privilege of partnering with him on this mission for this short period of time that's my dash and your dash. I challenge you, don't waste it, don't get so caught up in what the culture tells you what your life's supposed to be, don't get so caught up in maybe a dream that somebody else gave you, don't get so caught up in a fear of what's happening, don't get so caught up in the mundane of every day and you miss the very purpose of why we're on this planet.

Tim Lundy: [00:42:43] Let's pray. Father, I thank you, I thank you for Christ, I thank you that he went on mission and because he did, my life was changed, and this planet was changed, and our eternity was changed. Lord, I pray for each one of us that we would recognize, you created us with a unique mission in mind, that we get to partner with you in this mission of rescuing people, this mission of making an impact, this mission of bringing you glory. Lord, that you do it through our jobs, you do it through our friendships, you do it through our interest, and our hobbies, through everything in our life, it's a part of your grand design. I pray that we don't miss it in lives where we can spend all our time trying to be entertained, or trying to just get to the next experience, or trying to just get through the day in what we think is just a mundane job. Lord, would you revolutionize the way we see our lives? Would you revolutionize the way we see our world?

Tim Lundy: [00:43:43] Lord, we pray for miraculous movement here in the Bay Area. We pray that you would, through the people of Venture, move in unbelievable ways. Would you make us radically generous, that we'd give more than we've ever given before? Would you make us radically sacrificial, that we'd serve, we'd serve in the church, we'd serve across the city, we'd serve at city team, we'd serve at heal and grow, we'd serve at life choices, with real options in all the places that you've called us, Lord, that we would just give our lives away in it.

Tim Lundy: [00:44:18] Lord, I pray, as well, as we think about this next generation, would we release them to what you have planned for them, more than what we dream? We want to see a church full of resilient disciples, and we know that this mission is core to it. I pray as parents, we would trust you with our kids knowing that your plans are always good, and your way is always better. Father, we thank you and we praise you, and pray this in Christ' name. Amen.

Recorded in Los Gatos, California.
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16845 Hicks Road
Los Gatos, California 95032