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December 5, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:
The Secret to the Good Life Is Not More, it’s Contentment (Matthew 6:19–34): Contentment is freedom from the pursuit of stuff; it’s knowing that happiness is not dependent on how much you have, who you know, or the status you have attained. Jesus warns us against this mentality and the dangers of being ruled by money. Instead of storing up treasures here on earth, He instructs us to store up treasures for ourselves in heaven.
You see, money is a great servant but a horrible master. Nobody feels financially secure, no matter how much you have. Even those with vast wealth are always looking to get more and always afraid of losing it. Truthfully, so many people are owned by their money; that’s why it’s the only idol Jesus gave a name to. And though most people will say they love God more than money, the truth is made evident by whom they offer sacrifice to.
Question for Reflection: If Jesus is my treasure, what should I be doing with my money?
The Secret to the Good Life Is Not Pursuit, it’s Peace (Matthew 6:25–32): There may be greater, more devastating sins out there than worry, but none more self-defeating and useless. Did you know that close to 90% of the things you worry about are the same as the things everyone else worries about?
One of the most precious and life-giving gifts Jesus offers us when we follow Him is peace—to be free of the fear and anxieties of life. Sadly, in life you can have it all and still not be capable of enjoying it, still have no peace. But it doesn’t have to be this way. God is all-sufficient—in Him we have everything we could ever ask, think, or imagine. He provides everything, He is in control, and He is also working all things for the good of those who love Him, even if we don’t see His work in the moment or understand what is happening.
For you today, there are only two ways to view it: either God is all-sufficient or He isn’t. There is no middle ground. If you believe He is, and you trust in Him and His work, then heed His words and life in the moment. Don’t let worry rule your life; don’t let it have power over you. The key to overcoming it is to be mastered by something greater . . . God’s love! When you’re mastered by His love, it fills you with the necessary courage to face your fears and overcome your worries.
The Secret to the Good Life Is Not Temporary Stuff, it’s Eternal Purpose (Matthew 6:33–34): Matthew 6:33 is a great life verse. It’s a beautiful guiding principle for your whole life. It's the key to the good life. It’s the path to happiness, generosity, joy, and peace. It allows us to experience the ultimate freedom as we are made free from free from ourselves. It invites us to be occupied by a greater purpose, to lose our life and at the same time truly find it! In the loss of one’s life, purpose is found.
So, today, whether you’ve been a believer for 50 years or you’re looking for answers to life’s greatest questions, you’re invited to seek first the kingdom of God. Take the energy you use to worry and redirect it to the Father and His kingdom. Accept Jesus’ invitation to freedom. Lay down your palm branch and embrace the good life!
Quote to Remember: God gives me the ability to produce wealth and enjoy wealth.—Pastor Doug Sauder
Join us tomorrow night as Dr. Mitch Glaser, renowned author and president of Chosen People Ministries, shares an intriguing look at this celebration. Enjoy a great meal as the story of Passover—the exodus from Egypt—is retold through the special significance of each food item. Together, we’ll spend time worshiping the God who keeps His promises and remains ever faithful. Space is limited, so register today!
A LOOK AHEAD
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This weekend is Easter! Did you know that personal invites from friends and family are the number one reason people visit a church for the first time? Knowing this, we want to encourage you to invite your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to join you and our church family this Good Friday and Easter as we celebrate how the resurrection of Jesus has given us new life and hope for a new future. Grab your invites at church this weekend or share our Easter page with your friends on social media!
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.