Balance (Part 5 “How to Escape the Rat Race Forever!”)

“How to Escape the Rat Race Forever!”

Part 5
From:
Balancing Life’s Demands
How to Escape the Rat Race Forever!!

By:
Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

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Introduction: Are you “clearing cobwebs” or “killing spiders”?

The root problem in priority living according to Jesus is ____________________.

Matthew 6:1-18 (Two Motives)

Two Treasures –
19″Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and
where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (Two Treasures)

Two Eyes –
22″The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole
body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will
be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is
that darkness!
Matthew 6:22-23 (Two Eyes)

Two Masters –
24″No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the
other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot
serve both God and Money.
Matthew 6:24 (Two Masters)

Summary: Do not allow the pursuit of material things to thwart your
spiritual development.

Question: How can we live in a material world without becoming materialistic?

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Look at Matt. 6:24-34
24″No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he
will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
Money. 25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the
body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or
reap or store
away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to
his life?”
Matthew 6:24-27 (NIV)

28″And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do
not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was
dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is
here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we
drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your
heavenly Father knows that you need them.”
Matthew 6:28-32 (NIV)

33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things (needs) will be given
to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry
about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

The Symptom: Anxiety is the mark of a life preoccupied with material things.

The Explanation: Stop your preoccupation with material things because…

1. It’s short-sighted – Matthew 6:25b
2. It’s illogical – Matthew 6:28-30
3. It’s unprofitable – Matthew 6:27
4. It’s disgraceful to God – Matthew 6:30-32

The Promise: Matthew 6:33-34
If you will pursue knowing Christ and making Him known as your first priority, He will meet all your material needs.

Application: Questions to Ponder
• Are you “spending” or “investing” your life?
• Is your life making a significant difference in the lives of others?
• Do you live under “pressure” or under “priorities“?
• Do your time, talent, and treasure reflect that pursuing Christ and making Him
known is your #1 priority?

This is from:
“Balancing Life’s Demands”
-Part 5
‘How to Escape the Rat Race Forever!!’
For more resources, go to LivingOnTheEdge.org
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

To go other parts of series click:
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1
All on Balancing Life’s Demands, Biblical backing.

In Christ,
Beetle

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