In this message, we remember that who we are becoming is more important than what we are doing.
Alright. Hey, everybody. Welcome to Valley Creek Church. We are so glad that you’re here with us on this back to school weekend. So, we want to give a big welcome to our Denton campus, our brand-new Venue campus that’s launched last week, and everybody who’s watching online. Wherever you are in the world, we are so glad that you are here with us. And whether this is your first time with us, you haven’t been in a while. Maybe you have left and just come back. Or maybe you’re here with us every single weekend, it really doesn’t matter. I am so glad that you’re here with us. And we’re in this series called, Reset. And we’re talking about putting life back in order. And we kicked it off last week. And we said that Jesus was the reset, and He is the reset of our lives. And we need to get really good at pressing control, alt, delete. Because the reality is, is that life tends to get out of order. And I shared with you last week that I think this is so much more than a series. That I believe this is a divine invitation in a sense from God for you in your life to reset.
And I think it’s really interesting that we’re talking about this because we live in a city where things tend to get out of order really quickly. I don’t know if you know this or not. But wherever you go in our city, people are constantly handing out free tickets for the Crazy Train. You know what I’m talking about? Man, everywhere you go, “There are free tickets to the Crazy Train. Come here. Do this. Be a part of that. Join this team. Get in this group. Join the selecting. Take a promotion. Travel more. Come do this. Be a part of that. Sign up here. Join this board. Get on this conference.” Everywhere you go, people are handing out tickets to the Crazy Train. And we take them. I don’t know which is crazier. We take them. And we find ourselves overwhelmed, overextended and overdrawn. And before we know it, we’re not living our life. Our life is living us. And the reason I think we take tickets to the Crazy Train is because we don’t have a clear and compelling vision for our lives. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Another translation says, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” So, a vision is a revelation from God that constrains you. That’s what a vision is. A vision is a revelation from God that constrains you. It’s a direction you’re going, something God has called you to do. And that thing constrains you. It gives you guardrails. You don’t want to drift to the left or the right. It keeps you focused. It keeps you moving because you know what you’re created to do. You know what you’re called for. You have a vision. I mean, how are you going to get where you’re going if you don’t even know where you’re headed? When was the last time you just got in a car and just started to drive, having no idea where you’re going? Have you ever gotten on an airplane, no idea what city that airplane was heading towards? No. So, why do we do that with our lives? I mean, I don’t know if you know this or not. But everyone around you, they have a vision for your life. Everyone else, they have a really good vision for your life, like your spouse and your friends, and your kids, and your mom, and your boss, and your co-workers, and your coach, and your teacher.
Even your pets, they have a vision for your life. And they will keep handing you tickets to the Crazy Train because they want to see their vision for your life come to pass. But whatever you do, don’t take the ticket. Don’t take it. I mean, think of Jesus for a second. When Jesus walked on this earth, everyone had a vision for Jesus. Everyone had a vision for what they thought His life should look like. So, they kept trying to hand him tickets to the Crazy Train. Jesus’ family thought Jesus should stay around and be home and be nice, and take over the carpentry business. And then, the crowd had a vision for Jesus that He would be the king, and He would sit on the throne and do all the miracles they wanted. And then, the Pharisees had a vision that Jesus would just go away. And the disciples had a vision for Jesus and how He should do ministry. Peter had a vision that Jesus wouldn’t go to the cross and die. Everyone had a vision for Jesus. And they were constantly trying to give Him tickets to the Crazy Train, but He refused to take them. Why?
Because he was so locked in on the vision God has for His life. That’s what the Bible says. He set his face like flint and headed towards Jerusalem to go to the cross. He declares in John, “For this cause, I was born.” He had a revelation from God that constrained Him. Or how about Nehemiah? Do you remember the story in Nehemiah? I mean, the City of Jerusalem is destroyed, and God gives Nehemiah this vision to go back and rebuild the walls. And so, Nehemiah shows up. He rallies people to gather. They start rebuilding the walls. It’s amazing. Halfway done, the project’s going awesome. And then, all of a sudden, everybody starts pulling on Nehemiah. Everybody has an idea what he should do. And in Nehemiah 6:3, I love this. He says, “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” In other words, Nehemiah says, “I’m so locked in on my vision that I refuse to take your ticket to the Crazy Train. I know what I’m doing. And so, I’m not getting on board with you.” And so, the question I want to ask you is this is, do you have a vision?
Do you have a vision for your life and your family, and for this season that you’re in? And if the answer is, no, or maybe the answer is, yes, but you’ve drifted from it. Then, maybe it’s time to press reset. You see, if you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always got. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. And your life is perfectly designed right now to get the results you’re getting. So, the question is this. Do you like the results? Do you ever just stop and look at your life and say, “What am I doing?” Have you ever just looked around your daily life? And in the midst of all the Crazy Train around you that maybe you’re on, and just like, “What am I doing? What are we doing? What is this flick? What is going on here?” In Psalm 90:12, it says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” In other words, God, would you help us have a vision for our life that we may be wise on how to actually live every single day?
I mean, if you think of technology, when technology gets overloaded and there’s too many things drawing from it, it gets all scrambled and chaotic. And so, you have to shut the whole thing down. You have to shut down everything that’s competing for attention. Close all the apps. And restart it. Reset it. And then, it works. Okay. You understand, the same is true with life. When there are way too many things pulling on your life, your life starts to shut down. And you need to close all of the applications, all the things competing for attention. And reset. And so, here’s what I want to tell you. And some of you, you just need to hear this. You have permission to get off the Crazy Train. The world will never tell you that. Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” He says, “Hey, come on. Get off that Crazy Train.”
I mean, maybe we live in such a restless world because we ride the Crazy Train all day and all night long. And I’m convinced in our city that it’s the Crazy Train that takes people farther away from God than anything else around us. And so, some of you just need to hear this. You have permission to say, no. You have permission to say no to that team, no to that promotion, no to that travel, no to that thing. No to overextending yourself. And some of you, you need to hear this. You have permission to say, yes. You have permission to say yes to freedom, yes to what God wants you to do. Yes, to a bigger vision than you’re currently living. You have permission to say, yes.
You say, “Well, how do I know if I should say yes or no?” Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you.” I have loved over this last year watching tons of businessmen say no to the craziness of the world.
You’d be amazed at how many businessmen I know in this last year that have quit their job and said, “It’s destroying my family. I’m done with them,” and do something else. You’d be amazed at how many hub students we have that are saying no to 100 practices a week so that they can be a part of hub, and become like Jesus. You’d be amazed at how many stay-at-home moms are creating healthy guardrails so they can say yes to the things that God has created and called them to do. And I know some of you, you’re looking at me, you’re like, “Yeah, but I can’t do that. I have to do all these things.” Really? Who says? All the things you think you have to do or can’t get away from, who says you have to do them? No one has the authority to keep you in bondage. They only have the authority if you give it to them. So, maybe Romans 12:2, let’s not be conformed to the pattern of this world. Maybe let’s believe, Isaiah 55:9, that His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. That God can get us where he wants us to go faster than the Crazy Train can.
The world is saying, “Hoot, hoot, all aboard.” And Jesus is saying, “This is your stop. It’s time to get off.” I mean, Psalm 138:8 says this. “The Lord will work out His plans for my life. For your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.” Okay. And do you believe that? The Lord will work out His plans for my life even if I say no to the Crazy Train. Do you believe that? Do you really believe that? Because maybe it’s time to press reset. You see, as important as it is to have a vision to do something, it’s even more important to have a vision to become someone. While few of us have a vision of actually doing something, even fewer of us have a vision of becoming someone. But who you’re becoming is always more important than what you’re doing. A vision to become someone is far superior than a vision to do something. Because the paradox is this. When you become someone, you will always do the right things. Because you do who you are.
Fish swim, birds fly. Cows? (Moo.) Dogs? (Bark.) Right. You do who you are. So, if you become the right person, you will instantly do the right things. When you become who God’s created you to be, you will instantly start walking out His vision for your life. But the wrong route will never produce the right fruit. Makes sense? So, another question for you today is this. Do you like who you’re becoming? It’s a really awkward question. And the truth is, I don’t think we want to ever answer that question. So, we numb ourselves with the Crazy Train, so we don’t have to answer it. But it’s at the end of numbing where you find the beginning of healing. I mean, if I’m honest with you, sometimes I don’t like who I’m becoming. I don’t like when I lash out at my kids. I don’t like it when I’m so stressed out, I can’t be present where I am. I don’t like it when I’m rude and short with my wife.
I don’t like it when I’m lonely and critical of others. I really hate it when I’m angry for no reason. And so, sometimes, I look at my own life, and I say, “I don’t really like who I’m becoming.” And in those moments, I have to press reset. Galatians 5:7, the theme verse for this series, “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you?” You were doing amazing. You were becoming who God created and called you to be. You’re going in the right direction. But what happened? You got tripped. Something cut in on you. You fell. You were an HD picture. And now, it’s all scribbly and confused. What happened? I mean, Luke 9:25, Jesus says, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose or forfeit his soul?” Jesus says, “Who cares? If you make all this money, win all these awards, do all these activities, ride the Crazy Train for your entire life, but lose yourself?” So, the question is, are you just becoming more loving? Are you becoming kinder?
Are you becoming more compassionate and peaceful, and full of joy? I’m not asking you, did you have a great vacation? And did you make some good money? And are you accomplishing great things? Because that’s what we talk about, what we do. I’m asking you, do you like who you’re becoming? Because who you’re becoming is more important than what you’re doing. So, maybe we just need to press reset. Because the decisions we make today determine who we become tomorrow. Now, is this okay? I realized we need to reset. So, that’s why we’re digging in a little bit here. See, what I think we miss is we forget that when Jesus invited the disciples to come follow Him, He invited them to become someone not to do something. That’s why at Matthew 4:19, “Come follow me, I’ll make you fishers of men.” Come follow me, I will make you into a different person. He invited them to become someone, not do something. We follow, He makes. And His ability to make is always greater than our willingness to follow. And so, Jesus just invite them, “Come follow me.”
One next step at a time. And with every step you take, you will become a Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving person. And so, what I love about our church is that, our church’s vision is to help people? (Take their next step.)
Very good. To take their next steps. And with every next step you take, just like the disciples, you become a Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving person. So, what I love about our vision is our church’s vision isn’t to do something. It’s not, we want to do all these things and accomplish all this stuff, and have all these numbers. Our church’s vision is to become someone. With every next step we take, we become a Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving person. That’s who I want to be, and that’s who I hope you want to be. In fact, if you don’t know who you want to become, you’ll always stay who you currently are. So, maybe we need to have a vision that’s bigger than ourselves. And you say, “Well, I’m not really sure.” Well, Jesus’ invitation and the invitation of Valley Creek Church is basically to do this, to become a Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving person. So, do you want that to be your vision for your life?
So, let’s look at what does that actually look like. Jesus-focused. Okay. We’re a Jesus-focused people. Which means, this. We believe — see, I love that even our logo is our vision of who we want to become. We believe that Jesus is the narrow gate that leads to a wide life. He doesn’t constrict your life. He expands your life. And He is always leading you into greener pastures. And we would say a Jesus-focused person is someone who is more focused on what Jesus has done for them than on what they have to do for Him. Think about Peter. Jesus is about to go to the cross, and He’s with the disciples. And He tells them, “I’m about to go and die.” And the only way that Peter could do, he looks around judgmentally at the other 11 guys and steps forward very confidently. “Even if all these guys deny you, Lord, I will never disown you.” You could hear him saying it like that. Come on.
And he makes the classic mistake we still make today. He’s more focused on his commitment to Jesus than Jesus’ commitment to him. So, Jesus looks at him, he says, “Oh, Peter. Before this night is over, you’ll deny me three times, and the rooster will crow.” And what happens? Peter denies Jesus three times to a servant girl. The rooster crows. He’s crushed. Jesus goes to the cross. And he is devastated. The problem is, he was more focused on his commitment to Jesus than Jesus’ commitment to him. Peter should have stepped forward and say, “Lord,” instead of saying, “I will never disown you,” he should have stepped forward and said, “Lord, you will never disown me.” That’s what he should have said. But it’s not what he said. He was focused on what he was going to do for God instead of what God was going to do for him. But you have to remember, we need to focus on His faithfulness towards us, not our faithfulness towards Him. Because even when we are faithless, He remains faithful, 2 Timothy 2:13. Okay? Now, compare that to John. When Jesus shows up and engages John for the first time, the Bible calls John the son of thunder, which means John had an anger problem. That’s what it means, okay?
There’s freedom for all of us in this one. John had an anger problem. He was an angry dude. But he had a vision. He had a vision for a big fishing business. So, he was hustling it. He was working it. He was trying to make it happen. But he was angry. And so, I mean, it’s easy to get angry. He’s taking his kids to 37 soccer practices a week. He has got to go and do all these commitments. He had to wait in traffic two hours a day at the port of Capernaum. I mean, he’s got to travel out of town to fishing conferences. I mean, no wonder. You ride the Crazy Train, you get angry. And that anger rips out to everyone else around you. And so, we see it in John when he wants to call fire down from Heaven on an entire Samaritan village and burn them up. Which driving around some of you, that’s what happens. Don’t, “Oh.” That’s like, “It’s okay.” Let’s just say it how it is. And then, we see him, he drives away the children that want to come to Jesus.
And other guys casting out demons in the name of Jesus. And he’s like, “Hey, you’re not part of the 12. Stop doing it.” Well, we see his anger. And yet, one day, Jesus shows up and says, “Come follow me. I’ll make you a fisher of men. John, I’ll give you a vision not to do something but to become someone.” And with every step John took, he started focusing more and more on Jesus. And we get to the end when John sits there after Jesus is resurrected, and it’s all over. And John sits there, and he’s writing the Gospel of John. And when John writes the Gospel of John, he only ever refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. You might say, “That’s one arrogant dude.” Like, “You think He loved you more than everybody else?” No, no. Maybe he got something that we forget. Maybe John was more focused on Jesus’ love for him than his love for Jesus. And so, the son of thunder became the apostle of love. 1 John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.” Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received, that’s the only way you have anything to now give.” 1 Corinthians 2:2, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ in him crucified.”
We don’t change by trying harder. We change by looking to Jesus. Jesus is not a picture of who you can become. He’s a mirror of who I now am. He’s not a picture that if I try really hard, maybe someday with my own self-effort, I can become like Jesus. No, no. Jesus is a mirror of who I now am. The more I look at Him, the more I discover who He is. And the more it reflects back on me. And that’s who I now am, because 1 John 4:17 says, “As He is, so we are.” I looked at Him, I now discover who I am. And I become like Him. And you remember the woman at the well? Here’s a woman. She desperately needed to reset. Married five times, living with a sixth man, drawing water at a well in the middle of the day, because she has so much shame. She can’t be around anyone else. And Jesus comes, starts a conversation with her, engages her. And by the end of the conversation, Jesus looks at her. In John 4:10, He says, “Woman, if you knew the gift of God and who I was, you would ask of me, and I would give you springs of living water.”
In other words, He says, “If you would just stop being so self-focused, self-consumed and focused on your own effort, and just look at me. If you knew what I offered and who I was, I would reset your entire life.” And by the end of the conversation, the woman leaves her water pail there because she’s not thirsty anymore, because Jesus has reset everything about her. That’s the thing. If we knew what He offered and who He was, we would move on from being self-focused to being Jesus-focused. So, if He can turn the son of thunder into the apostle of love and a thirsty woman filled with springs of living water, He can reset your life too. So, maybe we need to reset from being self-focused to Jesus-focused. Because I’d rather look at what’s right with Him instead of what’s wrong with me. Okay? So, Jesus-focused. We want to be Jesus-focused, but we also want to be Spirit-filled. Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled. I’m currently working through with my kids on some things that I want them to learn about God.
And so, there’s this book me and my seven-year-old girl are reading. And she came running into me, this is just last week. It’s hysterical to me. And she comes running in. And the first line of this one chapter, it says, “Jesus could not do any miracles.” And she comes running in. She’s panicking. “Look, Daddy. This book is wrong. It says Jesus couldn’t do any miracles.” I’m like, “Oh, what book are we reading then?” I look at it, and I saw, “Okay. Well, baby, you got to read the second sentence.” Jesus could not do any miracles as a man. He did everything He did as a man empowered by the Spirit of the Living God. That is shocking the first time you hear it, because we all think Jesus did everything He did as God. No, no. Jesus did everything He did on this earth as a man empowered by the Spirit of the Living God. Listen to this. Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth,” Jesus, the man, “With the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good, healing all those who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.”
It flat out says, “Jesus, the man, who poured his divine nature out to come and live on this earth to do what we could not do for ourselves, was empowered by the Spirit of the Living God.” That’s how He did what He could do. At John 5:19, Jesus says himself, “The son can do nothing by himself.” He flat out says, “I can’t do this stuff. I do it by the Spirit of the Living God.” Or Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me,” and he goes on to say all these things. Jesus flat out says, “It is the Spirit working in my life that allows me to do what I’m doing.” The same spirit that you and I, as followers of Jesus now have today. So, think of that. A Spirit-filled person, as someone who walks in the character and the power of Jesus. They walk in the character of Jesus, fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. They’re becoming someone. And then, becoming someone, they start walking in the power of God, start doing the right things. Jesus, you are anointed to bring breakthrough wherever you go.
The moment you put your faith and your trust in Jesus, the Spirit of living the God comes inside you. He’s a deposit within you. And from that moment on, you always have the Spirit. But we need to continually be refreshed and refilled by the Spirit because we leak, literally. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk on wine. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” It’s a constant refilling that we need to have. It’s not a one-time event. It’s a lifestyle. And the question isn’t, how much of the Holy Spirit do you have? The question is, how much of you does the Holy Spirit have? Are you letting Him refill you? We ask God so much to enlarge our territory. But maybe, we should spend more time asking Him to enlarge our surrender. Just think about this for a second. All we do is pray that God would enlarge our territory. “Give us more. More money, more job, more promotion, more activities. More stuff, and larger territory.” I don’t know why I just dance there, like this little hop.
Too much Olympics. But maybe we should be asking Him to enlarge our surrender. To submit. To receive more of the Spirit taking over my life. Maybe we should stop striving to do and start surrendering to become. Because I don’t know about you, I want to be desperately dependent for more of God, not for more of the world. I want the empowering presence of God to be the thing that defines my life. Because look at us. I mean, you look at the people on the Crazy Train. It’s crazy. They’re tired and stressed, and angry. They’re trying to control the uncontrollable. So, maybe we need to reset from being self-filled to Spirit-filled. So, our vision is to become Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled but life-giving people. Life-giving people receive and release the life of God wherever they go. They’re conduits. They literally flow the life of heaven into the world around them.
And because the kingdom of Heaven is within us, wherever we go, that life just pervades. We think of Jesus. Everywhere He went, He was life-giving. Whether it was in a home, on the road, at a party, at a wedding, in the sea, in a storm, in crisis, at a funeral. Everywhere Jesus went, especially at funerals, He was really good. Some of you are just getting that. There’s never a funeral Jesus went to the didn’t end in life. Everywhere. That’s good stuff, people. You’re just slow. Come on.
Everywhere He went, He brought life. And so, He says, John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” So, you’re sent with that same way. You have the same anointing. You are now, sent to be God’s outreach strategy. You are Jesus’ outreach strategy to this world. You are the answer to the world’s cries.
You are the love of God on display. I mean, 1 Peter 2:12, he says, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” Just be life-giving. Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan? Here’s a guy that’s beat up on the side of the road. Everything is stripped from him, stolen. And he’s left for dead. And it says, a priest comes walking by, and he sees the man. And the moment he sees the man, he goes on the other side of the road and passes him by. Why? Because he was on the Crazy Train, and he didn’t have any time to get involved with this man’s life. And then, it says the Levite came walking by. And the moment the Levite saw the man, he moved to the other side of the road and passed by, and didn’t engage him. Why? Because the Levite had a vision to do something. And he was so locked into what he was doing that he didn’t have time to become someone or engaged with this man. So, he passed him by. And then, a Samaritan came. And you have to remember, Jews and Samaritans hate each other.
It would be like an ISIS fighter on the side of the road, and an American is walking by. And it says, when the Samaritan sees him, his heart goes out to him. He takes pity on him. He goes out of his way, picks up the man, puts him on his donkey, takes him to the closest inn, pays for all his medical bills. Why? Because that man obviously had a vision to become someone. And when he passed by this hurting man on the side of the road, that vision to become someone translated into a vision to do something. And he picked up this man and took him to a place where he could give life. So, the question is, are you a life-giving person? It’s almost impossible to be life-giving on the Crazy Train. You get that, right? You ride him by. You see the guy, you’re like, “Oh, I feel so bad for him.” Oh, good. I’m glad that bothered you for all of half of a second.
Come on. You got to ask yourself these questions. Are you an encourager? Do you give more than you take? Do you serve those around you? When you show up into any environment in your life, do you lift the environment? Or do you pull the environment down? And don’t assume you’re a life-giver. “Oh, yeah, I’m live-giving.” Okay. That’s five people in your life this week. When I engage into the environment, do I lift it or do I pull it down? Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving people. And what’s so cool about Jesus is everywhere He took the disciples, that’s what He said. Who’s helping them become that? So, think about it. He takes them out into the storm. And the wind and the waves start crashing. And what was the point of that? To look to Jesus. To become Jesus-focused. And then, He tells the disciples to go heal the sick, cast out demons, preach the kingdom. Only five chapters into following Jesus, they’re like, “We can’t do it, Jesus.” He’s like, “Yes, you can. Go and be Spirit-filled and rely on the empowering presence of God. Now, go.”
Or how about when He’s sitting there with a crowd of 5,000 people who all need to be fed? And Jesus just smiles. He looks at the disciples. “Hey, guys, what are we going to do with all those hungry people?” He already knew. He was trying to help them become life-giving. And the same is true for you. I mean, listen to this first. James 1, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature, complete, not lacking anything.” Get this. He says, “Some of you are in a situation you don’t want to be in.” You’re in a relationship, a circumstance, a scenario, a season, and all you want is out. What He’s saying is, “I’ve brought you there, not to do something, but to become someone.” Romans 8:28, “He will use all things together for the good of those who love Him.”
But you have to have a vision for Him. You can go around that mountain again and again, and again. You’re there to become someone. But you have to have the vision for it. Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” When you don’t have a vision from God, you’re alive. But you’re not really living. So, maybe we need to press reset. And by becoming someone, we will find ourselves doing the right things. Listen. Some of you just need to hear this. The people you love will never remember what you do. But they will always remember who you become. They don’t really care how much money you made, how many awards you won, how great you looked, all the places you went. But they will never forget who you became. And it’s never too late to press reset.
I would rather walk with Jesus than ride the Crazy Train with this world. But it’s a choice you have to make. And so, here’s the deal. In a moment, when we finish service, you’re all going to walk out. And you’re all going to get a shirt.
You’re going to get a shirt because we’re Valley Creek church, and we’re Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving people. And you are Valley Creek church. Which means you are a Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving person. You may have walked in here today without a vision. But you’re leaving here with one. You may have been confused about what you’re doing and riding the Crazy Train, and forgetting what life’s all about. But you’re leaving this place now with a vision to become a Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled and life-giving person. And what I love about these shirts is the moment you get one, it’s a reminder, you belong. You are a part of this thing, and we can’t do it without you. We need you. We want you. You are Valley Creek Church.
And not only do you belong, you have purpose. Your Jesus’ outreach strategy in this city and in this world. But maybe most importantly, when you put this shirt on and you see our logo, what I want you to remember is you have a vision to become someone. A Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving person. Our dream is that every person would live free as beloved sons and daughters. And you only get there by having a vision, to become that person. Taking one next step at a time. And so, maybe all the chaos and all the craziness, let’s just press reset. So, close your eyes. And let me just ask you, what is the Spirit saying to you today?
Right now, in this moment, what’s He whispering in your heart? Some of you have so bought into the lie that you can’t get out of that job. All those activities, all those commitments. You’ve taken way too many tickets. And you wish you could get off, but you don’t think you can. I think Jesus is saying, “Today is your stop.” Some of you are thinking about it, and you’re terrified of who you would be without the Crazy Train. You don’t want to slow down long enough to actually look at the condition of your heart and your soul. But what Jesus is saying to you is, “The end of numbing is the beginning of healing.”
It may be painful for a moment, but joy comes in the morning. We are not the people of this world. We are the people of this kingdom. And we believe that His plans will be accomplished in our lives. And no one has the power or authority to stop it. And so, maybe in your own way, just maybe you receive it, and say, “Jesus, I receive a vision to become a Jesus-focused, Spirit-filled, life-giving person. I want to be who you’ve created me to be. Call me to something greater than the chaos of this world.” So, Lord Jesus, we love you. Thank you that you are so kind and gentle in the resetting moments of life.
That you are not shaming or condemning. You’re not angry and judgmental. You are graciously drawing us towards freedom. And the moment we asked to get off the Crazy Train and start walking with you, you put the brakes on it. And you open the door. And we can be free because no one has the authority to keep us in bondage. Because you have declared we are free. May we learn to live in the freedom we have in you. We love you, Jesus. In your name we pray. Amen.