Pastor Sean Palmer continues our Lenten series. Like Moses, we are often more concerned about making an impression than we are with making an impact. Sean also challenges us with the truth that sometimes success comes to us in spite of our lack of faith.
"We want people to pay attention to us, to recognize us, to give us our due. This is how our identities, worth and significance are grounded. We want to be relevant, spectacular or powerful. So we go through life fishing for such things, a grasping that keeps knocking us off center, spiritually speaking."
- Henri Nouwen
In Numbers 20, Moses disobeys God by striking a rock rather than speaking to a rock to cause water to rush from it in order to provide for his people.
In what ways is your life designed to make an impression on people rather than making an impact for the Kingdom?
Often we interpret success as the result of faithfulness, but Moses was disobedient. Still, God provided water. Regardless of how successful your life looks, in what ways are you being unfaithful to the Lord? What "rocks" that you are striking are actually an invitation into repentance?
Why does success and people’s opinion of us matter so much culturally? In what ways specifically it is of deep importance to you how you are seen and perceived?
Hail To The Lord's Anointed
Your Love Is Strong
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
All My Tears (Be Washed Away)
Even My Darkness