Living as we do, in a world of options, quite often the most difficult word to speak is, “no.” In my message we looked at the example of Jesus, who during his earthly ministry exhibited the capacity to say no to the right things. Jesus continually disappointed people; he did not heal everyone who was ill, he did not produce a miracle for everyone who needed one, he did not cast out every demon that needed cast out. He spent little time in some villages and bypassed others completely. Jesus had the capacity to say no, because he had a deeper yes inside of him. That yes was accomplishing the will of God which would ultimately lead him to stretch out his arms, allow Romans soldiers to execute him on a cross and offer his life as the atoning sacrifice for sin.
One of the ways we are exploring this idea of a deeper yes is by pressing into the concept of vocation. Steve Garber from the Washington Institute on Faith, Vocation and Culture describes vocation as follows:
“The word vocation is a rich one, having to address the wholeness of life, the range of relationships and responsibilities. Work, yes but also families, and neighbors and citizenship, locally and globally – all of this and more is seen as vocation, that to which I am called as a human being, living my life before the face of God. It is never the same word as occupation, just as calling is never the same word as career. Sometimes by grace, the words and the realities they represent do overlap, even significantly; sometimes, in the incompleteness of life in a fallen world, there is not much overlap at all. “
Here are four questions to consider:
- What is the thing for which God claimed you?
- Have you discovered your vocation?
- What is your deeper yes?
- How does having a deeper yes empower you to say no to the right things?
I wanted to share a new tool I have been playing with over the last couple of weeks. It’s called Haiku Deck and they describe it as a simple new way to create stunning presentations – whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. This free iPad app is a powerful tool and I have been experimenting with it to create some memorable visuals for my messages. Here are some slides from the deck I used today. Check it out!
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Here for You (Matt Maher and Matt Redman)
- Collect for Purity
- The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
- God My Rock (Breton Brown)
- Readings from Colossians 1 and Philippians 2
- Jesus Son of God (Chris Tomlin)
- Advent Conspiracy Promo
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Saying No)
- Yes to You (Brett Younker)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.