Above All Else

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If the world is your standard, then it’s also your limit.

What’s up and welcome to Student Circles!!!!

Tonight we get to start a discussion around our Brand New Series we kicked off over the weekend, The Heart Of A King! Our hope is that over the next few weeks you are both inspired and challenged. That wherever we may have been living down to the world, we can start living up to the kingdom.

I think sometimes the challenge for us is that we look around at other students and compare ourselves.. like “I’m doing a little better than them so I’m aight”

But if the world is your standard, then it’s also your limit

see We talk a lot about being beloved sons and beloved daughters to a good father, but sometimes we forget who our good father is.. he’s a king. Not only a king but the King of all Kings.

That means you are royalty.

Colossians 1:13 says For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son

You’re Royalty

Or how about Revelations 5:10
And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.”

In Jesus You’re Royalty.. and royalty isn’t selfish and arrogant… royalty is righteous, holy, it’s faith, hope and love, it’s selflessness and destiny, it exists to serve others.

When you see another student sitting alone at lunch and sit with him, that’s royalty. When you hold the doors and let others go first that’s royalty. When you include the outcast that’s royalty. When you use your platforms to carry hope, that’s royalty.

Royalty is living for the good of others and the glory of God.

And Jesus is the ultimate example of living a royal life. And he showed us the heart of the Father – a heart of the true king. Jesus was always demonstrating to the world what nobility and royalty looked like..

And our world right now is full of chaos, confusion, hurt and anger, it’s jacked up in a lotta ways.. our world needs to see us live with the Heart of a king.

And that’s what it’s about… the heart. It’s all about the heart. Because the condition of our hearts will always impact the quality of our lives.

That’s why proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts… it impacts EVERYTHING about our life. It impacts your relationships, your education, your job, everything.

And One of the things I love about King David, is that he was a man after God’s own heart. (1 Samuel 13:14)

And the thing is, He had the heart of a king before he was ever appointed to be one. It was the way he lived. And I think before he became king.. while he was out tending the sheep.. it was bigger than just tending the sheep. David was tending his own heart. He was learning how to have a heart of king.

And no matter what this season has felt like for you, God is giving you an opportunity to tend your own heart right now.. to learn how to have a heart of a king.

The world wants to tell you to live with anxiety and depression and fear and worry and that’s just life… but that’s cap..
God has so much more for you!!!

So here’s 3 thoughts for you from this weekend. The first one is

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

David never forgot who he was. No matter what he went through. He didn’t let the circumstance around him or his own failures cancel him.

1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we too are Chosen, Royal, Holy and that we belong.

We are beloved sons and daughters but we also belong to the kingdom, and sometimes I think we struggle to believe it don’t we?

Luke 17:21 tells us the kingdom is in us and around us. That you have the heart of a king within you.

The question we need to ask ourselves is this: Am I living a royal life right now? For the good of others and the glory of God? Or am I living largely for myself. Because there’s no nobility in that way of living.

And if I’m not living ROYAL, it’s because I’ve forgotten who I am.

One of the ways we remember who we are leads us to our second thought from the weekend:

STEWARD YOUR HEART
David was careful about what he let into his heart.
Proverbs 4:23 again GUARD you heart. Steward your heart. Invest in, take care of and steward your heart.

And You will always steward what you treasure.

If you’re taking notes don’t miss this one.

You will always steward what you treasure.

Think about it. How you steward your social media platform. How you steward your athletic ability if you treasure playing sports, how you treasure your clothes, maybe it’s a relationship, maybe a game system, maybe it’s your phone?

We steward all of those things because we treasure them…But How are YOU stewarding your heart?

What are you looking at ?
What are you listening to?

Because you can’t consume the culture of the world and carry the character of the kingdom.

Think about it. What are you allowing into your heart every day online? What you watch, the things you consume on social media? That stuff matters and it impacts your heart.

You wouldn’t be ok with someone slipping just a little bit of poison in your food here and there would you?!?!? Of course not, so why are we ok with allowing the poison of the world culture to impact our hearts ?

And one of the ways we Guard our hearts leads us to our third thought from the weekend:

LIVE A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE

Acts 13:22 – ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.

David was someone willing to just obey whatever God said. He understood he was a “king” but that God was the “King of Kings”. He wanted to be in alignment with God.

I think that’s important because you’re only empowered to the level of your surrender

Look at Psalm 119:112 – David determined in his heart to obey..

What we need to understand is that when Jesus commanded us to do anything, what he was really doing is showing us what it looked like to live a royal life..

When he says forgive … that’s what a king would do .. will you ?

When he says we should serve others, that’s what a king would do, will you?

When he says you should take a next step on your journey of trusting Jesus, that’s what a king would do, will you?

For most, Gen Z has been largely defined as a generation that wants complete autonomy, but you are Generation HOPE! A generation that sees the value of placing yourself under the King of Kings. It’s why you have hope.. the king of kings has no rival, and under his kingship neither do you.

Think about this.. what is the last thing God asked you to do, and what did you do about it?

Was it to forgive a sibling?
To apologize to your parents?
To read your Bible?
To pray with and for a friend?

And did you go do it ?

See David said “search me and know my heart”
Psalm 139:23-24

God does know your heart. And he knows your heart has been through a lot this year. He wants you to live free in the kingdom of God.

And when you allow Jesus to be the king of your heart, he then gives you the heart of a king.

And if there are things in your life that are messy right now… relationships, your own emotions, whatever it is.. track it back and you’ll find there’s something God wants to heal in your heart.

Let’s choose to live with the heart of a king in everything we do.. in our school, at home, online.. and everywhere we go, the world is depending on it.

Let’s remember who we are
Let’s remember to steward our hearts
And let’s live a life of obedience, let’s live life with the heart of a king.

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