How Do You Measure A Year?

Struggling To Make The Most Of Your Time? Find God's Purpose.

Jordan Hill
Dec 31, 2023    48m
Do you ever feel like you don't have enough time or you're just too busy? It's easy to get swallowed up by our calendars and responsibilities. In this sermon, learn how seeking God's purpose for your time leads to wisdom and deep satisfaction. Discover how numbering your days and recognizing life's brevity helps gain an eternal perspective. Find out how Christ frees you from condemnation over wasted time and calls you into his purposes. Get inspiration to make the most of your time by knowing God's favor is upon you to establish your work. Video recorded at Grapevine, Texas.

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Jordan Hill: [00:00:04] I want to open today, and tell you something about me that some of you may know this, but I'm going to guess that the majority of you in here don't. I am a big fan of musical theater. I love sports, yes, I'm obsessed with them, but I love musicals. I think that started from an early age, my parents used to take us to the local theater in Memphis, the Orpheum. And I think they saw the trajectory of my brother and I and thought, geez, we need to get some culture in these meat heads, like, we got to do something. I do, I know some of them are cheesy, but I just love musicals. I think I love musicals so much because what they do, the best ones, take an aspect of life that we kind of all intrinsically know and can feel, and they show it in a different way that provokes kind of just some emotion in us. That then in turn gives us a new perspective on life and in doing so, a new perspective on ourselves.

Jordan Hill: [00:01:05] There's this one musical that's extremely popular, it's done very well, I actually don't think it's that good. I mean, the story is like, whatever, it's like no real story, there's a couple of good songs in there. But the story opens up and they did something very different, especially at the time of this musical, if you're familiar with it, if you've seen it, you'll catch on here in a second. The play opens up and all the characters are sitting on stage, and they pose a question to the audience that then it's going to get essentially answered through the entire show. And essentially the question is this, given that there are 525,600 minutes and yep, you've seen it, in a calendar year, how should we measure a year? Given the fact that every one of us has 525,600 minutes, how should we spend each one of those minutes? And I think it's a really interesting question for us to ponder today, given that today is the last day of 2023. 2023 is moving in the rearview mirror, but now we have 2024 ahead of us. And I think it's an interesting question for us to think through, how should we measure our time? We've got it ahead, this is always a great time to get refocused, kind of get re-energized, and set some new goals. So how should we spend our time in 2024? And I've been thinking a lot about time because I've been having conversations with several of us out here, and truthfully, I've been really burdened by this. I'm having a lot of conversations with people and everyone seems so stressed with time. I'm having so many conversations with people, I mean, look, I get it too, I'm feeling it some as well, that we just feel swallowed up by our calendars. And depending upon who you are, I've been hearing a lot of these solutions to the problem of just feeling like I don't have enough time, or I got too many things going on. You're taking either the approach of, well, you know what? Listen, we just got to grit our teeth, bear down, grind a little harder. Listen, successful people are busy people, so we just got to bear through it. And yeah, I mean, we're burning the candle at both ends, I'm stressed nonstop, but on the other side, it'll eventually slow down. I'll eventually get less busy, and then I'll really enjoy my time, it just is what it is right now. There's that, or you're saying, yeah, I'm so busy with life right now, 2024, I'm going to have nothing. I'm getting rid of every responsibility; my calendar is going to look like nothing but a bunch of white space. I'm taking it all off the table, I'm going scorched earth, burning the forest down.

Jordan Hill: [00:03:48] And while there's actually some truth in both of those thoughts, it misses the real satisfying joy that we're trying to seek in solving that problem, because it completely negates, I think, one of the most fundamental questions that we can have as people, how does God want us to measure our days? How does God, the creator of everything, the creator of time itself, who is woven wisdom and knowledge into this world? How does he want us to spend our days? You see, I think looking ahead to 2024, we don't need to listen to another podcast on time management or read another book on how do I get the most out of my life, rather, I think we need to go to some ancient wisdom and look at Psalm 90, which is the oldest psalm recorded, and see, how does God want me to view the time that he's given me? It's a beautiful psalm, and it's nothing except for just truth after truth, and then a plea for God to help us, and give us what we're supposed to do with the time that we have. It's a powerful psalm, and I think for us today, for us to have any shot where we can stand here again a year from now and not be in the same place where we're just feeling so swallowed up with our calendars, we need to first come to grips with what does God want me to do with my days? And the first step is coming to grips with the fact that, hear me, our days are so short, they are so quick.

Jordan Hill: [00:03:48] Let's go to the text. So we'll be in Psalm 90, if you have your Bible awesome, let's turn there; if not, no worries, it's going to be up on the screen. I love the Psalms because the Psalms are actually what, like, musicals strive to do, the Psalms are a collection of poems, songs, and prayers that take biblical truths and truths about God, and they show them in a different way to provoke the reader and the listener, to provoke some emotion in us that gives us better understanding of God and therefore better understanding of ourselves, and then leads us into different actions. That's why the Psalms are beautiful, most of the Psalms were written by King David, however, there were some Psalms written by several other different authors. This one in particular was written by Moses, and it's the only one we have written by Moses.

Jordan Hill: [00:06:20] We don't know when he wrote it, but most likely he wrote it in the time where he was in the wilderness. He is being led by God, and he's leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, and they're just wandering around because they continued to grumble and complain, they just fled Egypt and they're wandering around. So you want to talk about somebody who fully understands wasting time? Moses is sitting here; they've been wandering in the wilderness. He's looking out, and they still just don't get it, and he sits down, and he pens this prayer. And he starts with a fundamental truth that is powerful for us to get if we ever want to get a grasp of how does God want us to spend our time? And it starts off with this, "Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God."

Jordan Hill: [00:07:21] You see, we can't start to put our time in its proper context until we put it in the context of God in His time. This is what he's saying right here, you see, our life, to us, doesn't seem incredibly short, it doesn't seem quick. But in the span of God, the infinite one, the one who was before all things, it is so short. Not only is that powerful, but now just think about this. If you're in here today and you've never wrestled with the fact that we're not just some happy accident like, go read how many scientists are coming to faith in God because there's so much scientific evidence that's staring at them in the face that there is a God who made all of this. There is so much intelligence in this world, there's so much wisdom in this world, and intelligence can't come from non-intelligence. So if you've never wrestled with the fact, that there actually is a God and he made all of this, it changes everything.

Jordan Hill: [00:08:35] But not only that, Moses here tells us, that not only is there a God, there's a God who made all of this, and then he made you and I to be in a relationship with. He says here, you've been our dwelling place. Think about the massiveness of that statement for where they're at, they don't have a home, they're wandering in the wilderness and he says, okay, Lord, but you, you are our home and you've always been our home. When you start to think about the fact, and you come face to face with the reality, that there's a God who made everything, and this God wants to be in a relationship with me, it changes everything; it changes how I look at the world, and now it changes how I look at my days.

Jordan Hill: [00:09:24] Moses then confronts us with an uncomfortable truth that we oftentimes don't like talking about, but I think especially for today, we need to. Our life is so short. He goes on here, he says, "You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” 4For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. 5You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: 6in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers." Moses is using powerful imagery to evoke some emotion in us, and he's saying, our life, look at me, our life will end one day. Our life will end, and it's so fast that we sometimes don't even recognize it. He's using imagery here, our life, I love this, it's like a dream, it's like water that's in the midst of a flood swooping by. It's like grass, it's just gone like this.

Jordan Hill: [00:10:38] This isn't the only place that uses powerful imagery about our lives. If you look through the Bible, there are a ton of different metaphors and analogies to compare our lives, it's so quick and it's so short. In James 4 it says, "Our life is like a mist." In Psalm 39, "Our life is like a sigh or the width of my hand." In Job 7, "Our life is like the wind or a weaver's shuttle. The Bible also says that our life is like a dream, or it's like an eagle swooping on its prey, that's my favorite one. Our life is like a plant that grows in the morning, and it dies in the evening. There is so much haunting imagery in the Bible to awaken us to the reality that, hear me, our time is ticking, and we are closer to the end now than when we first came in here in this building. All of our lives will one day come to an end, and it's just like a dream, it's like mist, it's like grass, it's so quick. I mean, we feel this, right? We feel time just is moving along. Like, did anybody else have the thought like, man, I can't believe Christmas is over? Or okay, look, I'm about to say this, you're going to roll your eyes but I'm going to say it anyway. Okay? This next year I'm going to be 34. I know, like, I never thought I'd be 34. I'm a dad with two kids, and I hang out with other dads. What? That makes no sense to me. And you're laughing because you're thinking the same thing, a guy in the 8 a.m. said, buddy, you just wait. And it's like, yeah, that's the point, that's what the psalm here is trying, that's what Moses is trying to plead with his people and plead for us to get that our life moves like this. And hear me, one day we will die. That creates in me, and it should create in us, a sense of humility and a sense of urgency to not just let our days pass away. Because they just fly by like this.

Jordan Hill: [00:13:17] Not only, what he's saying here, not only does he confront us with that reality, he gives us the reason why, which puts another kind of bit of pressure on us to think through. If we ever want to get a sense of how do we order our days, how do we keep our calendars from swelling up? We've got to get these truths deep into our souls. He says here, this is how, and this is why our lives end so quickly. Verse 7, "For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. 8You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. 9For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh." Our days have finality because of God's judgment. Think about that, our days will end. Don't misunderstand this text, this text is not God sitting up there looking and he's waiting for you to kind of get lazy with your day and just, bam, hit you with lightning. This is God's righteous decree on sin. So we can say this life is unnaturally short because of sin.

Jordan Hill: [00:14:44] Paul, in Romans 6:23, would say it like this, "The wages of sin is death." Death entered in because our sin and selfishness entered in. And now hear me, our time is cursed. Our time is cursed, and it has a finality because of God's righteous decree. That puts just a deeper level of pressure that we have to now think through. He reiterates this in verse 10, he says, "The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away." He says, look, even if you're healthy enough to make it to 70, if you're super healthy and lucky, you get to 80. For the majority of your life, you're still going to experience toil and trouble, and no matter what you try to do in 2024 to get away from hardship, to get away from the toils of this world, you will get pushed back by a broken and cursed world. So there is no, oh, I can just get on the other side of this. No, no no no, our time and our days are cursed because of us. So life is unnaturally chaotic because of our sin. We will be confronted with that no matter what year you are, no matter how old you are, it will be there.

Jordan Hill: [00:16:22] He closes the stands in verse 11 and he just says, "Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?" So he's saying, who would think like this? Who actually thinks about their days like this? Who actually thinks on a daily basis, my life is so short? Not only is my life so short, but that one day all of my actions with my time will get judged before a holy and righteous God. We get this here in verse 8, he says, "You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence." If you look at verse three, he says, "You return man to dust." He is quoting, God is quoting himself in referencing himself in Genesis 3 when God curses Adam, and subsequently, all mankind, after sin, where he says here, "By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It's an uncomfortable reality where God one day will set all of our iniquities, all the things that we have done, all the passing thoughts, we will stand before God, and he will judge them. There is no escaping that for any person, that is as true as it is true that there's a God who made all of this.

Jordan Hill: [00:18:00] And I don't know about y'all, but that puts a weight on me, that not only is my time short, but like what I do with it matters. Now you might be thinking, cool, thanks, Jordan. I mean, you just told me I'm already stressed with my calendar, and now you just told me I'm going to die soon. Oh, and by the way, I'm going to stand before God and give an account of everything I did. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. But that's the truth, and we have to know that. And that's what begins us to actually kind of get some sense of wisdom for how we should view our days. The writer in Ecclesiastes, in Ecclesiastes 7, puts it like this, he says, "It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. He's saying it's better to consider the grave because that's what we're all going. We can do whatever we want, but hear me, one day our time will end, and it's so short. So it should cause a seriousness in us. And then the fact that we'll stand before God and he's going to go, what'd you do with the time I gave you, should cause a sense of humility.

Jordan Hill: [00:19:36] But thankfully, because God is a God of mercy, he doesn't just leave us in that anxiety. He doesn't just leave us sitting with that boulder. He actually gives us a way to find true hope and satisfaction in our lives when we start seeking his wisdom on how we should order our days. Verse 12 happens, and Moses sits there, and he says, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." When we start thinking like this, when we start thinking about our calendars and the fact that my life is so short, what I do with it matters, I start to actually gain real wisdom. But what he's saying here is, Lord, you need to teach us to number our days, you need to teach us so we can gain wisdom.

Jordan Hill: [00:20:27] The Psalm turns and in verse 13 he cries out, it's almost even funny, like, why is this even there? Well, it's because he's feeling that weight and he says, "Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!" It's like he's sitting there saying, you have got to help us, help us do something with this because we're failing. The rest of this Psalm, I love the beginning, 1 through 12, it's nothing but just him speaking truth. Lord, you've always been, and you've always been our dwelling place. You are holy and good, and we fall so short, and we will stand before you. It now turns and he's pleading with God to do something, and God, being the God of mercy, actually does. And he says, I will teach you to number your days, and I will give you a heart of wisdom, I will direct your steps, I will show you what to do, I will show you how to actually order your days, not just so you can follow me, but so you could actually have the satisfied life that we all so crave because that's how he's designed this whole thing to work. It's powerful, like, think about this for a second, we don't have to look up in the sky and just wonder if God is real and wonder what he's like. He has given us his word. He has pierced through reality and said, I'm here, and if you want to know me and you want to know about the most fulfilling life you could ever have possible because I created it, start here. Start here, in my Word, because this, this is how you know me.

Jordan Hill: [00:22:12] There's power in this Word. Let me give you a little example of that. There was a group who did, it was a group of social scientists, and they did a study. You can look this up, it's called The Power of Four. And they polled, they actually asked 400,000 people to read the Bible every day. Some people, you know, took it seriously and some people didn't as well, and the findings they got from this were powerful. What they found was people who read their Bible 1 to 3 days a week, when they looked at their lives, it was as if they hadn't read the Bible at all, there was no real-life change in their lives if they just read the Bible 1 to 3 times a day, or listen to it, because there was also an audio thing. So if you spent time in God's Word, reading or listening just 1 to 3 days a week, it really did nothing for your life, as if you didn't even read it. But everything changed when you did it for 4 days, they saw dramatic changes in people's lives. They saw things like this, if you read the Bible or listened to the Bible for at least 4 days a week, 60% of people were less likely to get drunk, 70% of people were less likely to have sex outside of marriage, 65% of people were less likely to view pornography, and 75% of people were less likely to gamble. By just simply reading the Bible at least four days a week, and spending time in God's Word. And not just that they saw they were 407% more likely to memorize Scripture, people were 228% more likely to share their faith with others, and people were 30% less likely to struggle with loneliness. There is power in just spending time in God's Word. So if we want to find real satisfaction in our lives, we need to first start by seeking his wisdom.

Jordan Hill: [00:24:19] Not just that though, there's a beautiful exchange where he then satisfies the deepest longings of our souls. Moses says here in verse 14, "Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil." You see now, in the midst of the toil and trouble, we can find satisfaction in this life because God satisfies our hearts. We, no matter what's going on, can still find true joy in the satisfying life that he's given us because God himself looked upon our lives and he saw that no matter what we did, we could never fully order our days to follow his righteousness. We could never put enough days together where we get our time right, so what he did was he sent His Son Jesus to be born in the flesh. And Jesus numbered his days perfectly, and Jesus ordered his life perfectly, and there was never a moment, never an errant thought that Jesus had that went against the righteousness of God. And then Jesus took upon the penalty of our sin and fully satisfied the righteous anger of God on the cross, Jesus himself, took on all the errant thoughts that we've had, he took all the judgment for all the time you and I have just wasted. He took on the judgment for all the wrong thoughts that you and I have that just passed through our minds. Think about all the thoughts, just the thoughts that, like, come up in your head and you're like, whoa, what is that? He took the judgment for those on the cross. And then he rose again, fully proving the resurrection is important because it fully proves that God's righteous anger is fully satisfied. And now, for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ, we don't have to worry about future condemnation when we stand before the Lord and he looks at our time and he says, what did you do with the time I gave you? I don't have to live in fear because God will one day look at it and say, well done, my good and faithful servant. Not because of anything I did, I waste my time all the time, but simply because Jesus never wasted his time. Now I can go to him when I forget how good he is and I can say, just like Moses did here, satisfy me, Lord, satisfy me. Because man, I'm just like the Israelites. Can't you hear that, he's sitting there and he's looking at his people, right, God's feeding them manna. He's literally making manna fall from the sky, and he's feeding him in the wilderness, he's actually giving him so much that everyone has more than they could need, and they're complaining about it. It wasn't just that long ago that God led them out of Egypt, he toppled the Egyptian empire. Go read history that has nothing to do with the Bible, and just first off, think about how crazy that is. He toppled the Egyptian empire. He made miracles and monumental things happen. Oh, and then he walked them through water, and it's not that much later, they're like, forget this, let's turn around and go back. It's better to be a slave in Egypt than out here. What are you doing, Moses? You're just leading us to kill us. Moses is looking off and he's seeing so many grumbling, complaining people. And he's like, Lord, we're forgetting that you are our dwelling place, we're forgetting that we need you to satisfy us.

Jordan Hill: [00:28:24] Oh, guys, I get up in the morning because I'm a morning person, but like, I need God to satisfy me in the morning before I forget how good he is before the cares of the day and the cares of this world start just overtaking me. I get it, like, I get sometimes why we just feel so busy because the world is throwing so much at us. There's a new movie you definitely got to go see, oh, and there's this book that you got to read. Oh, and you're a parent, you need to read this book. You read that book? Oh, you need to read this book. Oh, you need to go listen to this podcast. No, you need to listen to this podcast. Oh, you need to go to this event. Oh, your kid plays ball, well you better make sure he's on this team, or else he's not going to get a scholarship and he's going to be a loser amongst all his friends. Oh, you're how old? Girl, you better start dating. Oh, by the way, you didn't hear about this culturally impactful thing that just happened. Give me your take on it right now. Oh, you need to go spend your money here. Oh, you need to go do this or you need to go do this. You know, I mean, there's so much thrown at us, that it's easy to get swept up in that and go I'm getting left behind, I'm getting left behind. And so then we forget the fact that that's all nothing, and that's not the thing that satisfies. So we do then, is we neglect the things that actually satisfy our souls, that satisfy our lives. I need to go be a part of this thing and so oh man, I know I got life group that night, but I don't want my kid to be a loser. And so I know he's only two years, I know he's only, you know, in the second grade, but college scouts, you know, they're getting on it quick. Or how many of us have been here? You're in a life group, and man, oh, work was brutal today, I'm just tired. Look, honey, we ain't going tonight, I'm just going to text in. I can't make it, sorry, I will see you next time. But when we do that, though, we miss the fact that God's given us a community. Well, you can go and go, I didn't read a thing. I spent zero time in prayer, and work is killing me. And then they don't go, but rather they go, man, how can we pray for you? Let's talk about it.

Jordan Hill: [00:30:45] See, we're so quick to just throw aside all the things that truly give us satisfaction, and we miss that God wants to just reorient our lives. And when we seek his wisdom, it's like there's the fog and he just starts pulling it away and then we can get a better picture when I'm fully satisfied with him on what his purposes are. Not just for what the global purpose, but like what his purposes of my life are. That's why he says in the next verse, he says, "Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children." Moses is continuing with his plea and he's saying, Lord, please do a powerful work again to remind us and show us again, show us how good you are, show us how you satisfy us. He is pleading with us because, again, he's seeing this generation, we're screwing it up and it's affecting the next generation.

Jordan Hill: [00:31:46] See how one generation spends their time affects the next generation? Many of you can relate to this because, for example, I didn't grow up with this thankfully. But many of you may have grown up with parents who maybe they spent more time on their career than they actually did in wanting a relationship with you. That's hard and that affects you. What's happening now to my generation, the generation after us? Because of what we've now done, we've seen that all these institutions that promised us the world, that it was nothing but a lie, and it's like the emperor really has no clothes. And so what's happening now with a lot of my generation, generation down is we're going, forget all that, I'ma have no commitments. I'm not going to try to do a thing. I'm just going to be detached because at least I can't get hurt if I'm truly detached.

Jordan Hill: [00:32:48] There was an interesting column that talked about this rising detachment phenomenon, and it put it like this, I thought it was really interesting. And it said to be serious today is to be cringe; to be ambitious is to be a try hard, and requesting promises and commitment from another person is perceived as exerting pressure. That's why so many people are getting ghosted today. That's why there's so much quiet quitting too. If you talk to Jermaine, our student minister, he talks about like just trying to set a date, like on the calendar of just like, hey, let's go meet up and grab coffee. As soon as he puts it down at like, hey, we'll meet up at this time. They're like, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's slow down a bit. He's like, they're going to be there, but just that, like that feeling of if I'm committed, what's going to happen if it doesn't go? Well, we've seen though also because of the previous generation, right, unfortunately, you guys just got burned to the ground in a lot of ways. And so what's happening now is there's a lot of detachment going on. And the greatest sin today is to set high standards for oneself and to passionately strive towards greatness. Now, I actually personally just think that's a little bit of some Gen X nihilism that's just kind of getting ramped up a notch, if you will, because Gen X really wasn't like the first detachment generation if you look at it. I sound like...I'll move on here.

Jordan Hill: [00:34:25] But there is this real sense though, on like, if I commit, what happens if it's all fake? If I really get into this church, what happens if it's just like all these other churches that we're just selling a bunch of nothing? So I'm just going to be on the fringes, I'm not going to fully jump in. And I can understand that, but hear me, that's also not what God wants for us. You see, our God is a God who is so committed, and he's so committed to you and I that he sent his son, he gave up his son to die for us. God is saying, do you want to know how committed I am? I gave up my son for you. Our God is a God of commitment, and he's calling us to go in and get in on what he's doing. That's why Moses here in verse 17 says, "Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!" God doesn't want us to just sit back on the sidelines and do nothing, he wants to get us to get into the game and get our hands dirty because, from that, we'll actually find also fulfillment and satisfaction. Just go look at the life of Jesus. Jesus didn't just spend 24/7 in his room studying the Torah. Yes, he had moments of solitude and silence with the Lord, of course, he did, but Jesus also went to parties, Jesus hung out with friends, and Jesus played with children. Hear me? There's not a person in here today who was as busy as Jesus was. Wherever Jesus went, thousands of crowds would follow him. He's healing the sick, he's casting out demons, he's mixing it up with the people constantly. And Jesus himself didn't go, I'm too busy, I got to just clear it all off. In fact, Jesus himself, get your mind around this, he pushed himself sometimes to the point of exhaustion. Jesus worked, and thankfully he did, or you and I would be in a lot of trouble. He pushed himself. So we can't just go, nope, not doing anything because that doesn't get you the full satisfaction either. I mean, how many of you come home from a vacation you feel like, geez, I need a vacation from the vacation? Because vacations don't actually satisfy us, getting in on God's purposes, that's what really satisfies our hearts.

Jordan Hill: [00:37:07] Paul, in Ephesians 2, would put it like this, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." So that means in 2024, God has good works prepared for you and I to go walk in and to establish the work of our hands in 2024. That's incredible. So no, he doesn't want us to just forget it all, but rather he wants us to say no to some things and say yes to this. And when we do, when we seek his wisdom and he starts orienting our lives, we will then jump in. And yeah, we might be busy sometimes, but we'll actually find satisfaction in it because we're doing the thing we were made to do.

Jordan Hill: [00:37:59] Now, you might be sitting there saying, all right, I'm in on that. But like, all right, what are the things I'm supposed to do, though? It doesn't really sound prescriptive yet. And I'm not just being cute saying this, I don't know what those things are for you, like I don't. Because you and I, we each have our own personal relationship with Jesus and with God, and God has each of us in different places, and he's doing a new work in each of us to lead us more into the image of his son. So I don't know what those things are for you, but I can say with the utmost confidence, that if you spend time with God, he will reveal them to you. Like maybe for some of you, it's I'm going to just start trying, I'm just going to read the Bible and spend time in the Bible four days a week. Maybe that's for some of you. Praise God! Listen, if some of y'all did this, I'd come to you and say, brother, you need to bump that up a bit, you've been following the Lord for 40 years, you need to be at least at six, get going. Now, I would never say that to somebody who's just started. So maybe it's that maybe for some of you, it's I'm going to commit to praying every night with my spouse. Praise God. Maybe for some of you, it's you know what, I'm going to step up, and I'm actually going to lead a life group. God's given me some wisdom, I want to pour that out to others, and I want to create a space for people who are lonely and who don't have community, and they can come in and get in on this. I want to help create that. Maybe for some of you, it's actually saying no when myself, and Lorraine, or Sonia and Michelle come up to you and say that, it's actually saying no to us so that you could say yes. Do you know what? I'm going to lead a fourth-grade boys' life group. Okay, hear me, guys, we've got some young guys in here that are not being disciplined. And guess what, they're in our church body for us to disciple them. And we got some moms that need some help with some young men, and that's on us, and we can do it. So maybe it's that, and if you say no to me, but yes to that, I'll praise God and I'll praise the Lord all day long. I'll be mad at you for a second, but no, I'm just kidding. Maybe for some of us in here, it's instead of our yearly vacation down to Florida for spring break, I'm going to jump in on one of the global trips that we got going on. Maybe for some of us, though, we're going to take that family vacation that we do every year to Florida, and I'm not going to sneak away to get some work done, or I'm not going to put so much pressure on our family that we have to get the perfect picture, but we're actually just going to spend time together face to face time. I don't know what that is for you, and it would be so foolish of me to try to just sit here and mandate for every single person that it has to look like this for us, because we're all in different seasons. I have a three-year-old and a one-year-old, many of you aren't there yet. God has shown me some things that I need to do right now, in this moment, with the short time that I have. And he's doing that, but that's different for each of us.

Jordan Hill: [00:41:46] See, I think some of us, if we can just get our minds wrapped around that, our life is so short that God really has a way that we can live this life, and he's freed us up from any fear of what if I mess up? We can actually get in on his purposes. But the problem, I think, is this, many of us in here, man, we've tried it, like I've tried to do the whole clear my emails every week thing and I just fail. I've tried to go through the whole Bible and man, I just get caught in the Judges, I just do. Hey, I've tried praying with my wife, but man, sometimes it just doesn't go well. I think many of us have those moments and instead of just pressing in, we believe a lie from the enemy that tells us you can't change, that doesn't work. You think that you can lead someone to Jesus. Brother, sister, look at your life. And we believe that lie, and so we never jump in on God's purposes here. And life happens so quickly, and I think God here doesn't want us to miss out by believing the lie of the enemy, that I'm not good enough and I could never do it.

Jordan Hill: [00:43:23] You know, one of my other favorite musicals is, Shrek the Musical. Trust me, I know, listen, it's good, I promise. Just check it out. what's different with Shrek the Musical, if you're familiar with the film, is actually, you see Shrek as a little kid, and you meet Shrek's parents. It's really funny when you see a little kid dressed up as Shrek too. You kind of see how he grew up, like how he ended up the way he ended up. And there's this really beautiful opening song where Shrek's parents, and he goes off and they tell him that there is this big, bright, beautiful world with happiness all around you, and just around the bend there's a friend or two, but not for you, this is the life of an ogre. And so you kind of see why he grew up and how he grew up and became that kind of grumpy old ogre that he talks about in the movies. Well, if you've seen the movie, you've happened to see the play. there's THIS one moment where Shrek is with his best friend Donkey, and they're looking up at the moon, and they just start dreaming. And Donkey just says, hey, Shrek, if you could be anything, what would you be? Like, if you could be anybody, what would you be? And Shrek, he doesn't want to talk about it. He just goes, no, I'm an ogre, this is who I am. He said no, like if you could be anything, what would you be? I don't know. Let's think about it this way, in 2024, if you could do anything with the favor of God upon you, what would you do? Like, what would you do? And Shrek allows himself to just start dreaming a bit, and he says, oh, I'd be a Viking if I could be, and I'd go and fight these things, I'd have these different adventures. Or I'd be a poet, and I'd write beautiful stories. And he starts kind of talking about all these different things, and then he gets to this place and he says, wait a second, no, no, no, I'd be a hero. I'd be a hero, and I'd fight off dragons and I'd save people, and people would love me, and people would accept me, and I'd have like a hero's ending, a perfect happy ending. And he screams out, I'd finally have a big, bright, beautiful world. But then the music kind of fades, and Shrek realizes he's dreaming. And the unfortunate thing that he got told comes to the front and he says that's not for me.

Jordan Hill: [00:46:03] I wonder how many of us in here today, we come in here every Sunday, and we hear about the life-changing power of the satisfying love of God. How God can redeem and restore your marriage. How God can free you from this anxiety. He can free you from this sin struggle. And we just hear that, and we go, that's not for me. I'm here to tell you today, that is a lie, and all you have to do is look to the cross. Romans 8:31 says, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" And then he proves it by saying, you want to see how committed I am to you, you want to see how all these things that I promise you are true, look to Jesus. He said if I didn't spare my own son, but if I gave him up for you, how will I not give you everything else? So I don't know what God has for you in 2024, but can I just ask you to dream? Dream before the day passes by like this, and maybe we can get in the game and let the favor of God be upon us and establish the work of our hands. Yes, establish the work of our hands.

Jordan Hill: [00:47:24] Lord God, thank you so much for this time. Thank you for your love. Thank you that you have fully satisfied the wrath of God. Thank you that you so loved us that you saw that despite all of our efforts, we couldn’t do it, and so you made a way. And now, Lord, all you're just saying is just come and spend time with me and I'll satisfy your heart. Lord, I pray that everyone in here today, just like Moses did, you've done so much here at 121, thank you for all you've done in 2023, would you show us, even more, how good you are in 2024? And may we be here today, so that for a year from now, we can look back and we can say, look at what God did. Move in power, Lord. Now let's just spend some time with the Lord.

Recorded in Grapevine, Texas.
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