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October 29, 2017
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Mission Man

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  • for a room filled with men.
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  • We thank you, Lord, that we can be God's men,
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  • men of God.
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  • We thank you we get to live our lives in service of King Jesus.
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  • Lord, I pray for every man in this room.
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  • Thank you, Father, that you know what's going on in our world.
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  • You know the circumstance, the pressure,
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  • the challenges, and you love us, and you're for us,
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  • and you're on our side.
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  • And you go before us, and you come behind us,
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  • and we can trust you with our lives,
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  • with our families, with our homes,
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  • with our careers, and we thank you,
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  • Jesus, in your precious name.
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  • May your Word speak life into people tonight,
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  • amen, amen, amen.
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  • Please be seated.
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  • Brian: All right, there are some Scriptures that
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  • just don't get talked about enough in church.
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  • There's some Scriptures that I think need to be resurrected.
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  • My message is called "Mission Man."
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  • Not, "Rocket Man," "Mission Man."
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  • One of those Scriptures we just need to talk about a whole lot
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  • more in church is Colossians 3, verse 18.
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  • Read it with me: "Wives, submit to your husbands,
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  • as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord."
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  • Amazing, here goes a little warning,
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  • I may just be setting you up a little bit here.
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  • So get ready.
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  • "Submission" comes from a word "hupo," meaning "under,"
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  • "tesco," meaning "to arrange under," like a military troop.
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  • It's a military word, "arrange under a leader," a troop.
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  • So, that's what it actually means.
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  • But your marriage is not a war.
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  • So, in a non-military sense, the meaning of that same word
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  • that we translate "submission" has within it words like
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  • "voluntary" and "cooperative" and "responsibility."
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  • And so it gives it a slightly different tone,
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  • but "submission," "under the mission."
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  • So, I'm not really gonna talk so much about your wife
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  • or your girlfriend.
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  • I wanna talk to you about you.
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  • I wanna ask you about your mission.
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  • Listen carefully, if it's the will of God for our wives
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  • to be part of our mission, to be under our mission,
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  • do you have a definable, definite mission in your life?
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  • Are you living with a sense of mission?
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  • And how difficult would it be for you to bring that mission
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  • down to one sentence, maybe down to one statement?
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  • Joshua, his was very clear.
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  • Joshua 24, verse 15, he simply said: "As for me and my house,
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  • we will serve the Lord."
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  • That's a good mission statement.
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  • "As for me and my house, we're gonna serve the Lord."
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  • And David, he says, Psalm 27, verse 4: "One thing,"
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  • one thing, just one thing, "I have desired of the Lord,
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  • and that's what I'll seek after: that I may dwell in the house
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  • of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty
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  • of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple."
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  • He's saying, "That's my one desire,
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  • to spend my life."
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  • He wasn't saying he wanted to spend every single moment
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  • of every day of his life in the temple or in church.
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  • He was saying that he wanted God and his house to frame
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  • his whole life.
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  • He says, "Every day of my life."
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  • He knew what he was about.
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  • Solomon, David's son, I think he knew what he was about.
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  • In 2 Chronicles chapter 1, listen to it, it's in verse 7:
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  • "That night God appeared to Solomon and said,
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  • 'What do you want?
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  • Ask, and I will give it to you.'"
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  • Well, in verse 10, listen to what Solomon says.
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  • He says: "'Give me wisdom and knowledge to lead your people
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  • properly, these great people of yours.'"
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  • And in verse 11, God says:
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  • "'Your greatest desire is to help your people.'"
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  • Solomon called them, "God's people":
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  • "To lead these great people of yours."
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  • And God called them, "Solomon's people":
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  • "Your great desire is to lead your people."
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  • Man, he could have asked for anything.
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  • He was saying, "This is more important to me than wealth,
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  • than riches, than fame.
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  • I just wanna lead your people well, God."
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  • That's his mission. What's your mission?
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  • That's his mission.
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  • If you were to bring yours down, and you thought,
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  • "What's the one thing my life, my family, is all about?
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  • What is the one thing?"
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  • It's actually a great question 'cause so many men don't know.
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  • Now, maybe Christians, they may be coming to church.
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  • They may be good people.
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  • But they don't have that burning sense of mission that I'm
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  • talking about in some of these Bible characters right here.
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  • And so, the Lord says to Solomon,
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  • "Your greatest desire is to help your people.
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  • You didn't ask for wealth, or riches, or fame,
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  • or even the death of your enemies or a long life.
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  • But rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern
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  • my people--I will certainly give you the wisdom
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  • and knowledge you requested.
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  • But I'll also give you wealth, riches,
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  • and fame such as no other king has had before you
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  • or will ever have in your future."
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  • It's amazing, his big passion was to lead God's people.
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  • But God says, "Man, if that's what you want,
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  • you didn't even ask for all this,
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  • but I'm gonna add all this into your life anyway."
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  • He knew his one thing he knew his one thing.
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  • So many people don't know their one thing.
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  • In Philippians chapter 3, talking about the Apostle Paul,
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  • listen to what Paul says, his mission statement:
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  • "Not that I've already attained, or am already perfected;
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  • but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ
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  • Jesus has also laid hold of me."
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  • There's a mission statement, "That I may lay hold
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  • of that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of me."
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  • He goes on, "Brethren, I do not count myself
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  • to have apprehended;" he says, "I haven't achieved it yet.
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  • I haven't attained. I'm not all the way there yet.
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  • I'm not perfect."
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  • He says, "But forgetting those things which are behind
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  • and reaching forward to those things that are ahead,
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  • I press toward the prize."
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  • "I press," that's what he's saying.
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  • "This one thing I do," one thing, one thing,
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  • "that I may lay hold of that for which Christ
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  • has laid hold of me."
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  • What about the Apostle Paul?
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  • Man, he says this, and I love it.
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  • In Ephesians chapter 1, you see, it just sounds like a greeting.
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  • It is a greeting, just an introduction to a letter
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  • that he wrote to the church at Ephesus.
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  • But listen to that greeting for a moment.
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  • He says, "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
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  • to the saints who are in Ephesus."
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  • Listen again, "Paul," this is who I am,
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  • "an apostle," this is what I do, "of Jesus Christ," this is
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  • who I do it for, "by the will of God," this is my authority,
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  • "to the saints who are in Ephesus," this is my sphere.
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  • This is my audience.
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  • You know, Paul's sphere went well beyond Ephesus,
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  • but in this instance, he said, "I know who I am.
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  • I know what I'm called to do. I know who I'm doing it for.
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  • I know where my authority is coming from,
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  • and I know who I am trying to reach."
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  • That's a man on a mission.
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  • And sadly, I find so few men live their lives with that
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  • kinda clarity about their one thing, their one thing.
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  • What about you?
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  • Do you know what your life's all about?
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  • Have you got that one thing?
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  • Is there anything that burns in you, that drives you?
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  • Mine is to reach and influence the world by building a large,
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  • Christ-centered, Bible-based church,
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  • changing mindsets and empowering people to lead and impact
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  • in every sphere of life.
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  • Maybe that sounds to you like our church's mission statement,
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  • and there's a good reason for that.
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  • It is our church's mission statement,
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  • and that's what makes it my mission statement.
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  • What about you?
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  • Do you make it easy for your wife to link with you
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  • in mission, to have that sense, "We can be in this together"?
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  • What about other people in your world?
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  • Is there something about your life that people would wanna
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  • get involved in your mission, be a part of your mission?
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  • I pray so.
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  • Is it big enough and expansive enough?
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  • Is it bold enough and daring enough?
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  • Does it even exist?
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  • Do you have that sense of certainty,
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  • that sense of direction that Paul displayed?
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  • "Paul," this is who I am, "an apostle," this is what I do,
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  • "of Jesus Christ," this is who I do it for,
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  • "by the will of God," this is my authority,
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  • "to the saints who are in Ephesus,"
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  • these are the people I'm called to reach.
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  • What a beautiful way to live your life.
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  • And do you know, I think many times,
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  • your wife can see in you more than you can see.
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  • And I think sometimes she is gently prompting you to have
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  • that sense of mission that both of you can give your lives to.
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  • There's something attractive about a man who has a sense
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  • of direction, a sense of mission for their life.
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  • It's attractive, it really is.
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  • And so, if I think about mission, and come back to
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  • Colossians 3, verse 18: "Wives, submit to
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  • your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord."
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  • So, what would submission look like if it's fitting to God?
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  • I believe that for my wife to be with me in mission,
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  • it should reflect the goodness of God.
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  • If I have archaic attitudes about oppressing women,
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  • that does not reflect the nature of God.
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  • That is not what is fitting to the Lord.
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  • But the idea of being in mission,
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  • and to be able to be with the people you love in mission,
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  • and to be able to have people come with you with that sense
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  • of mission is an amazing way to live your life.
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  • Does it reflect the nature of God?
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  • The word "subordination," I think,
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  • is how some people might see submission.
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  • But "subordination," listen to what it means: "Lower in rank or
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  • position, to treat or regard as lesser or secondary importance,
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  • a person under the authority or control of another,"
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  • control, "subservient."
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  • Well, that doesn't fit what God is or who God is.
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  • That is not what is fitting to the Lord,
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  • not seeing someone as being a lesser or secondary importance.
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  • So, does it look like the nature of God?
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  • Does it look like the grace of God,
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  • when it comes to you and your wife,
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  • and your relationship, and your connection,
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  • and your commitment to mission, and you finding your place
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  • in that mission, and her finding her place in that mission?
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  • Does it look like the grace of God?
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 12, verse 9, Jesus said:
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  • "'My grace is all sufficient for you,
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  • and my strength is made perfect in your weakness.'"
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  • In other words, "It's your weakness, your vulnerability,
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  • your failings that gives my grace its purpose."
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  • That's the fit for it.
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  • In other words, "Your weakness, my strength,
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  • they're the perfect match."
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  • What a beautiful thing in a relationship.
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  • And I know some of you guys are not yet married,
  • 00:12:25.130 --> 00:12:27.230
  • not even close to married, but the principles still apply
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  • when it comes to living your life with mission,
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  • and the kind of mission, that one day,
  • 00:12:33.090 --> 00:12:35.060
  • a beautiful woman would want to be a part of,
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  • would want to come and live that mission out with you.
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  • You see, I wonder if, as is fitting to the Lord,
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  • that we have the kind of mission,
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  • and we include our partner and people in our world,
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  • our families in that mission, I wonder if it looks like
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  • the power of God.
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  • 'Cause God is all powerful, but he's not controlling.
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  • He gave you and I a free will. He's not controlling.
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  • He has the power to transform your life.
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  • He has the power to bring healing,
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  • and he has the power to live in you and I in a way that only
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  • ever makes us better than we ever imagined we could be,
  • 00:13:13.100 --> 00:13:17.160
  • not us, but the Christ that's in us.
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  • But he's not controlling.
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  • Do you know, and part of a sin nature is control comes
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  • into relationship.
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  • Genesis chapter 3, verse 16, after Adam and Eve had failed.
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  • And so, in verse 16, the Lord said to the woman:
  • 00:13:33.070 --> 00:13:35.120
  • "'I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,'"
  • 00:13:35.130 --> 00:13:38.050
  • in other words, "It's gonna hurt a whole lot more."
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  • "And in pain you will give birth.
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  • And you will desire to control your husband,
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  • but he will rule," or he will dominate, "over you."
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  • She's gonna wanna control. Men are gonna wanna dominate.
  • 00:13:50.290 --> 00:13:54.070
  • And that's when a marriage does become a war zone,
  • 00:13:54.080 --> 00:13:57.210
  • and it's always sad to see.
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  • But that doesn't reflect, that's not what is fitting to the Lord.
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  • Live with a mission big enough for not just your vision,
  • 00:14:05.010 --> 00:14:08.100
  • but for others' vision.
  • 00:14:08.110 --> 00:14:10.010
  • You see, maybe your wife and you,
  • 00:14:10.020 --> 00:14:12.280
  • you have totally different callings.
  • 00:14:12.290 --> 00:14:15.020
  • Perhaps you have totally different careers.
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  • She may be a doctor, and you may be a male model.
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  • But you know what?
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  • If you've got a mission big enough,
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  • there's room for both of you to be doing what it is you're
  • 00:14:29.280 --> 00:14:32.060
  • called to do but still be a part of that same mission,
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  • which I love that idea.
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  • Hey, so is your mission big enough for others' vision,
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  • or just your own?
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  • Is your mission able to increase the world of the people
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  • around and about you, your wife, and your children,
  • 00:14:47.200 --> 00:14:50.170
  • and your family, and other people in your world?
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  • Is it increasing them, or is it suppressing them
  • 00:14:53.020 --> 00:14:56.270
  • and thwarting them?
  • 00:14:56.280 --> 00:14:59.070
  • Is your mission big enough to encourage other people in their
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  • gifting, or do you discourage the gifting in your wife?
  • 00:15:03.040 --> 00:15:09.080
  • If you're a man whose mission is big enough to include
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  • other people, to encourage them, to increase them,
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  • to raise up their gifting and to encourage them in their gifting,
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  • and you receive counsel, and you're generous,
  • 00:15:19.220 --> 00:15:22.130
  • believe me, you can live your life in a way where not only
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  • you, but those who are in your world are flourishing and
  • 00:15:25.210 --> 00:15:29.010
  • blossoming and fulfilling all that God has for them as well.
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  • It's just a powerful way.
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  • It's just a beautiful way to live your life.
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  • So, is your wife better because of you?
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  • Are her children better because of you?
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  • You see, submission, to me, under the mission,
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:47.260
  • there's a sense of partnership.
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  • You're under that same mission too.
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  • It's a mission given you by God, so it's not as though she's
  • 00:15:51.230 --> 00:15:54.210
  • the only one under this mission.
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  • We're both in mission together. It's a great opportunity.
  • 00:15:56.130 --> 00:16:00.020
  • And you watch how that will cause a marriage to flourish.
  • 00:16:00.030 --> 00:16:04.060
  • Because all of a sudden, it's not just about us.
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:06.120
  • It's about something more, something out there,
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:09.170
  • something that we're relentlessly pursuing together.
  • 00:16:09.180 --> 00:16:12.240
  • And it's a good thing. It's a great thing.
  • 00:16:12.250 --> 00:16:15.020
  • So, what is your life's mission?
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  • You can't follow someone who doesn't know
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  • where they're going.
  • 00:16:21.200 --> 00:16:23.240
  • And you can't follow someone who's standing still.
  • 00:16:23.250 --> 00:16:28.000
  • You start bumping into them.
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  • And you can't follow someone who forgets you're there.
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  • Let's not forget the people who are in our lives.
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  • Let's have a sense of mission. Let's not be stopping still.
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  • Let's decide, "My life is about something bigger than me.
  • 00:16:39.110 --> 00:16:43.000
  • My career is about something bigger than me.
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  • We are on mission."
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:48.160
  • So, what is your mission? What's it look like, I wonder?
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  • What is it, I wonder? I wonder if you could tell me?
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  • I wonder if you could tell the guy next to you.
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  • Maybe not in pretty words yet, beautifully formed words,
  • 00:16:57.260 --> 00:17:01.150
  • but I wonder if you'd be able to tell 'em in short,
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:05.020
  • succinct ways, "I think this is what my life is about.
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  • I think this is why I'm on earth.
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  • I think this is why I am here."
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  • It's great, you see, people wanna be part of your mission.
  • 00:17:16.060 --> 00:17:19.240
  • It's attractive when you live with single focus,
  • 00:17:19.250 --> 00:17:24.210
  • clarity of vision.
  • 00:17:24.220 --> 00:17:26.220
  • Not tunnel vision, but clarity of vision, single focus.
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  • In other words, you know where you're going.
  • 00:17:32.200 --> 00:17:35.020
  • That's attractive, your life's attractive when you're releasing
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:38.100
  • and empowering.
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  • You don't hold tight.
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  • You release, and you're empowering.
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:43.050
  • Your life is attractive when your mission is authentic,
  • 00:17:43.060 --> 00:17:47.110
  • you're authentic.
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:48.210
  • In other words, you're the real deal.
  • 00:17:48.220 --> 00:17:50.110
  • You're not pretend. You're not make believe.
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  • I think when you live your life and you know how to have fun,
  • 00:17:52.210 --> 00:17:57.240
  • you're not easily threatened, you're not insecure,
  • 00:17:57.250 --> 00:18:01.290
  • that's attractive.
  • 00:18:02.000 --> 00:18:03.140
  • People wanna be part of your life if you're not insecure
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  • and threatened and get jealous.
  • 00:18:06.270 --> 00:18:09.100
  • Some of you younger guys, don't be that jealous guy.
  • 00:18:09.110 --> 00:18:12.090
  • Believe in yourself a little more.
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  • Start believing in yourself. Believe in the God who's in you.
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:18.170
  • I'll tell you right now, if you wanna start being jealous
  • 00:18:18.180 --> 00:18:21.130
  • and threatened, and try to hold too tight and controlling,
  • 00:18:21.140 --> 00:18:24.280
  • you're already past first base and pretty well on second base
  • 00:18:24.290 --> 00:18:28.060
  • into losing that relationship all together.
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  • Can I encourage you? Be the man God called you to be.
  • 00:18:31.170 --> 00:18:34.210
  • And that means living your life with steely conviction.
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:38.250
  • The Apostle Paul says this, he says: "It is clear to us,
  • 00:18:38.260 --> 00:18:43.160
  • friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:47.290
  • his hand on you for something special."
  • 00:18:48.000 --> 00:18:50.070
  • God's hand is on you for something special.
  • 00:18:50.080 --> 00:18:54.090
  • Look straight at the screen.
  • 00:18:54.100 --> 00:18:56.060
  • God's hand is on you for something special.
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:19:00.200
  • And I being starey on purpose, because I want people
  • 00:19:00.210 --> 00:19:03.040
  • to get that in here.
  • 00:19:03.050 --> 00:19:04.200
  • God's hand is on you for something special.
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:08.110
  • But then these verses go on and says,
  • 00:19:08.120 --> 00:19:11.220
  • "When the message we preached came to you,
  • 00:19:11.230 --> 00:19:13.180
  • it wasn't just words.
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:14.280
  • Something happened to you."
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  • Something happened to you.
  • 00:19:16.170 --> 00:19:17.240
  • "The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions."
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  • Live with a backbone, not a wishbone,
  • 00:19:21.120 --> 00:19:25.170
  • steel in your convictions.
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  • I think if we're the men God called us to be,
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:29.250
  • we live up to our convictions, not down to our flaws.
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:33.260
  • And if you live down to your flaws, you're never
  • 00:19:33.270 --> 00:19:36.000
  • gonna fulfill that mission that maybe God has for your life.
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:40.280
  • In Colossians 3, the same chapter that talks about,
  • 00:19:40.290 --> 00:19:44.180
  • "Wives submitting to their husbands as is fitting to
  • 00:19:44.190 --> 00:19:48.040
  • the Lord," in verse 8, it says: "But you know better know,
  • 00:19:48.050 --> 00:19:52.190
  • so make sure it's all gone for good: bad temper, irritability,
  • 00:19:52.200 --> 00:19:57.140
  • meanness, profanity," which is cursing
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:20:00.130
  • and swearing, "dirty talk."
  • 00:20:00.140 --> 00:20:03.120
  • But listen to verse 12: "So, chosen by God for his new life
  • 00:20:03.130 --> 00:20:06.110
  • of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you."
  • 00:20:06.120 --> 00:20:11.140
  • This is what I mean by, "Be a better Christian."
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:14.210
  • "Compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.
  • 00:20:14.220 --> 00:20:21.210
  • Be even-tempered, content with second place,
  • 00:20:21.220 --> 00:20:25.160
  • quick to forgive an offense.
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  • Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master
  • 00:20:27.260 --> 00:20:30.080
  • forgave you.
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  • And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.
  • 00:20:32.140 --> 00:20:36.120
  • It's your basic, all-purpose garment,
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:39.050
  • never be without it."
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:41.150
  • Be a better man. Be a better Christian.
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:44.060
  • Hey, be a better friend.
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:46.170
  • Proverbs 18, verse 24 talks about: "The friend that sticks
  • 00:20:46.180 --> 00:20:51.040
  • closer than a brother," the friend who sticks closer
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:55.250
  • than a brother.
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:57.160
  • Have a look at Proverbs 17, verse 17,
  • 00:20:57.170 --> 00:21:00.100
  • where it says: "A friend loves at all times,
  • 00:21:00.110 --> 00:21:02.250
  • and a brother is born for tough times."
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:06.100
  • "A brother is born for adversity."
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  • We need men like that in our lives.
  • 00:21:09.150 --> 00:21:11.080
  • Hey, be a better friend.
  • 00:21:11.090 --> 00:21:13.050
  • Why don't you decide you're gonna be a better leader?
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  • You're gonna be a better leader.
  • 00:21:16.280 --> 00:21:18.160
  • And I hope you see yourself as a leader 'cause how can people
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:21.140
  • be involved in your mission, be under you mission
  • 00:21:21.150 --> 00:21:24.270
  • if your life's not going anywhere?
  • 00:21:24.280 --> 00:21:27.050
  • Of course you're a leader.
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:28.280
  • And be a better leader is my encouragement.
  • 00:21:28.290 --> 00:21:32.190
  • You know, Moses was a leader, and he took counsel
  • 00:21:32.200 --> 00:21:35.120
  • from his father-in-law, changed the way he led.
  • 00:21:35.130 --> 00:21:38.140
  • And Jethro, his father-in-law, says in Exodus 18,
  • 00:21:38.150 --> 00:21:41.080
  • verse 21 to Moses: "'Moreover you shall select
  • 00:21:41.090 --> 00:21:44.110
  • from all the people able men, such as fear God,
  • 00:21:44.120 --> 00:21:47.220
  • men of truth, hating covetous; and place such over them
  • 00:21:47.230 --> 00:21:51.120
  • to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds,
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:54.030
  • rulers of fifties, and rulers of ten."
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:56.260
  • We could easily think, "Rulers of thousands are really,
  • 00:21:56.270 --> 00:21:59.010
  • really great leaders, and rulers of tens,
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:00.250
  • they're just not very good leaders,"
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:03.050
  • but that's not always true, you know?
  • 00:22:03.060 --> 00:22:05.150
  • He was told to select leader, select able men,
  • 00:22:05.160 --> 00:22:08.210
  • select able men.
  • 00:22:08.220 --> 00:22:10.060
  • That word "able," by the way, has within its context
  • 00:22:10.070 --> 00:22:12.010
  • the idea of being financially able.
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:15.280
  • In other words, to be a good steward,
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:18.180
  • and to be good administratively.
  • 00:22:18.190 --> 00:22:21.050
  • And so, if you happened to be there--I mean,
  • 00:22:21.060 --> 00:22:24.290
  • there was a few million of them.
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:27.090
  • If you were there, I wonder how long it would be if they were
  • 00:22:27.100 --> 00:22:30.070
  • picking teams, they were picking that team,
  • 00:22:30.080 --> 00:22:33.040
  • "Select able men, who fear God, men of truth,
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:37.150
  • hating covetousness," I wonder how long it would be
  • 00:22:37.160 --> 00:22:39.240
  • before you were chosen.
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  • That's a real leader right there.
  • 00:22:41.130 --> 00:22:43.100
  • See, let's be better leaders. Let's be a better success.
  • 00:22:43.110 --> 00:22:48.100
  • You think, "Well, I don't wanna be a success."
  • 00:22:48.110 --> 00:22:49.280
  • Well, you should.
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:51.160
  • You can define "success" however you want,
  • 00:22:51.170 --> 00:22:54.000
  • but if our lives are just about ourselves,
  • 00:22:54.010 --> 00:22:55.240
  • then we can just live them for ourselves.
  • 00:22:55.250 --> 00:22:57.270
  • But if I can live successfully for the glory of God,
  • 00:22:57.280 --> 00:23:01.180
  • then I can be so much more than I could ever be by myself.
  • 00:23:01.190 --> 00:23:06.270
  • You see, Joshua, in Joshua chapter 1,
  • 00:23:06.280 --> 00:23:09.170
  • verse 8, the Bible says: "'You will make your way prosperous,'"
  • 00:23:09.180 --> 00:23:13.120
  • God's speaking to Joshua, "and you will have good success."
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  • Good success means you wear success well.
  • 00:23:17.240 --> 00:23:20.270
  • When a man wears success well, I think he stays humble.
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:26.150
  • He stays authentic. It's still the same guy.
  • 00:23:26.160 --> 00:23:30.090
  • Maybe his life's changed a little,
  • 00:23:30.100 --> 00:23:32.240
  • but just the same guy.
  • 00:23:32.250 --> 00:23:35.080
  • He encourages others. He counsels others.
  • 00:23:35.090 --> 00:23:37.080
  • He mentors and brings other people up,
  • 00:23:37.090 --> 00:23:39.200
  • and his success tends to rub off on those who are around him.
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  • When someone doesn't wear success well,
  • 00:23:44.050 --> 00:23:46.270
  • in other words, it's not good success,
  • 00:23:46.280 --> 00:23:49.070
  • they become arrogant.
  • 00:23:49.080 --> 00:23:50.170
  • They become proud. They become cocky.
  • 00:23:50.180 --> 00:23:52.120
  • They start thinkin', "I'm the man,
  • 00:23:52.130 --> 00:23:54.260
  • a man's man," you know?
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  • Be a better success.
  • 00:23:58.000 --> 00:23:59.260
  • And this one's important, as I close.
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:02.250
  • Be a better lover.
  • 00:24:02.260 --> 00:24:05.200
  • How long since you really connected with your wife
  • 00:24:05.210 --> 00:24:09.060
  • intellectually?
  • 00:24:09.070 --> 00:24:11.270
  • Usually, burping and farting and scratching doesn't do it.
  • 00:24:11.280 --> 00:24:17.190
  • How long since you had a real intelligent conversation with
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:21.150
  • your wife and maybe talked about mission and talked about things
  • 00:24:21.160 --> 00:24:25.170
  • that--?
  • 00:24:25.180 --> 00:24:27.140
  • What about spiritually?
  • 00:24:27.150 --> 00:24:29.170
  • Joshua, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
  • 00:24:29.180 --> 00:24:33.190
  • "As for me and my house." Not, "Me without my house."
  • 00:24:33.200 --> 00:24:38.240
  • And not, "My house without me."
  • 00:24:38.250 --> 00:24:42.020
  • And so, what about emotionally?
  • 00:24:42.030 --> 00:24:45.100
  • So many men, us men, we can be emotional basket cases.
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  • Really, we're all clamped up, and I mean, if our wife
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  • even tries to connect emotionally, you shut up.
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  • And what about that?
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  • You know, there's different types of love in the Bible,
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  • come from different Greek words, like "eros."
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  • "Eros" is "lustful passion," lustful passion.
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  • Well, you know, one great thing about being married is you got
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  • a license that says you can have lustful passion for one woman.
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  • And the marriage bed is sanctified,
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  • so go after it, that's awesome, you know?
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  • But then there's phileo.
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  • "Phileo's" like "brotherly love, sisterly love."
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  • And kinda sounds weird to have, like,
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  • sisterly love with your wife.
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  • But, you know, companionship is one of the great parts of
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  • relationship, when you're on mission together and you want
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  • those around you to come under that mission and be with you
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  • in mission and almost be a commission.
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  • We're commissioned by Jesus, which means we're all
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  • on this mission together.
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  • And when you and your wife and your family, you,
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  • it's a commission, it's kinda, you're in this together.
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  • That's beautiful, but even as you get older,
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  • I think, the more so, companionship is just
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  • such a beautiful part of loving someone.
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  • And then, of course, there is agape love,
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  • God's love, loving the way that God does.
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  • I don't think we could ever fully fathom the way God loves.
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  • But let's be people who decide, "We're gonna live on mission."
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  • "I'm gonna be a better man. I'm gonna be a better Christian.
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  • I'm gonna be a better leader. I'm gonna be a better friend.
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  • I'm gonna be a better success. I'm gonna be a better lover.
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  • I'm gonna be a man on mission.
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  • I'm gonna be a man whose life is about something more
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  • than myself."
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  • I wanna live in a way where the people around and about me
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  • can be with me in mission and on mission and come under
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  • that mission that we, together, may live lives with a sense
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  • of clarity and focus and an authenticity,
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  • can live our lives in a way that releasing and empowering,
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  • can live our lives in a way where we wear
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  • our leadership well.
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  • We wear it with grace.
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  • We wanna live our lives successfully.
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  • We want our lives to count.
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  • We want to do something significant.
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  • I pray you want your life to be significant because God has
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  • so many great things for you.
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  • Brian: Well, thanks so much for joining me.
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  • God's got great plans for your life.
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  • Be blessed, have a great week.
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  • See you next time.
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