We gave a devotional out to the band, Mark Vogtlin for making the coffee for us every week and to Fred Remick for coordinating the biscuits/bananas to thank them for their selfless service to the Tribe. The devotional, New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp is excellent. I’ve been using it for about three months and have been blown away by how God uses it to really challenge me. It isn’t “light”. It’s deep, weighty and thought provoking. I’ve woven material from it in the messages this Spring and it has really helped.
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Here are the few slides from this morning –> nothing wasted
In nature, there is nothing wasted. Earth is a unique system. Humans are the only species that pollutes. Everything else in nature feeds on itself to create balance.
Maybe you’ve thought … “Is my life wasted?”
God has an amazing way, no matter what you’ve been through, that nothing is wasted in Him.
Moses was educated in all the ways of the Egyptians. Was it a waste for him to know how the Egyptians thought and operated? How you start doesn’t dictate how you’ll finish. He was not an Egyptian and not a Hebrew. He didn’t fit anywhere. And we feel like we’re too broken to be useful to God.
There is nothing in your life God can’t use to make you better for the future.
We look back and say, “I am damaged goods”. Pain. Suffering. Disappointment. Stories of failure. Those are not a “waste of a life” because with God, nothing is wasted. God takes all those wounds, scars, pain, suffering and disappointment and He shapes you to become the person the world desperately needs you to become.
If you will be honest about yourself and your pain, wounds, failures and fears, you can understand everyone in the world. If you’re dishonest with yourself, you’ll become estranged from everyone else.
“Why did I waste my life studying philosophy?” Why was Moses trained up as an Egyptian? It’s not an accident. God sends you to school, so you can make a difference in the world. Learn from many sources. Your life lessons prepare you.
So many of us feel like our lives are wasted – broken, wounded, full of pain. The only way you’re going to get past the pain of the past is to forgive. Don’t carry the bitterness going forward. God has been preparing you, schooling you, educating you, putting in you what you’re going to need for the future.
With God, nothing is wasted. Even your failures. Every time you fail, there is this instinct that says, “I’ve just wasted my life”. Moses killed a man and ran for his life and “wasted” the next 40 years in the wilderness being something he’s not intended to be. Or did he?
Have you ever felt like you’ve made a choice that has cost you your future? Have you made a decision where you knew the consequences so significant so that you find yourself saying, “God, I don’t know if I can carry the weight of this one more day”?
It’s really frustrating when you can’t blame anyone else
Sometimes, we make decisions and we let them cripple us and steal from us our future rather than realizing there is no wasting with God. Maybe you failed in your past and really messed up. You sinned against God and other people. You’ve messed it up and there is no one to blame.
Leave your past in the past and let God create your future
God sees that every time I fail, when I think it is waste for me, He sees it as fertilizer. Yes, you’ve made some really bad decisions and you need to own it. There are always going to be people that will try to define you by the worst moments in your life. You cannot let other people keep you in your worst past or allow them to define who you are or who you will become.
That future belongs to God, but you’ve got a choice to make. Who will you listen to?
If you will allow Him – in every failure, God will use it to make you stronger, make you honest, make you more authentic, He’ll use it to make you a person who is trustworthy, He’ll use the failures to make you a success.
Most of us don’t continue to repeat the same self-destructive patterns, we just settle for less because we’ve chosen to believe what others said about us. You didn’t believe God could create a better you.
You’ve settle for less, but God has created you for “more”
40 years later, God called Moses. 40 years. Not wasted. That failure you had, that “wasted” season, God’s been holding onto it and will send you back to it to show you He’s ready to do something new in your life.
This is the same Moses (Acts 7:37) … the very same Moses … that was thrown into the river to face crocodiles and drowning, that was raised by Egyptians, who never knew who he was, who killed the Egyptian and ran for his life – that same Moses God took to set His people free!
You thought it was wasted time, but God has been turning it into fertilizer – taking all your brokenness, failures, all the moments you thought were wasted and could never get back – with God there is nothing wasted. You are not stuck in your worst decisions.
Moses ran and spent 40 years living in the wilderness. Then God took him to Egypt, to the people he once knew and used Moses to free His people. And then, Moses led them for 40 years in … the wilderness.
God can turn the mess of your life into a Miracle
God looks at you, even in your worst moments, and says, “Ah no, you can’t even see what I can. If you could just see what I want to do with your life, it would blow your mind!”
No one is too broken for God. The “waste” of your life is fertilizer for the rich soil of the future.
Only question is, will you believe it?