What Really Matters? Part 1
While it may be difficult to get a solid read on what really matters to people by watching them for a few seconds in the food court, it’s at least possible to get a quick glimpse. Just observing how someone is dressed, who they are with, what they are doing, where/what/how they eat, and how they interact with people can provide some interesting insights.
The more time we can spend with someone, the clearer their values will become. Two of the greatest windows into what really matters to someone is how they spend their time and their money. It’s easy to say that something is important. But actually living like that something is important is a completely different ballgame.
These are basically the 2 kinds of values: aspirational values (things we SAY are important) and actual values (values we consistently demonstrate by how we live).
We want to be a church that actually lives out what we say we value. But unless each of us actually live out these values, then they are just aspirational. Unless YOU and I live them out, WE won’t live them out.
We have identified 4 core values that give us a basic picture of what an overflowing life looks like. Each of these values is found in the Bible and corresponds to needs we see in our community.
Our #1 value at LifeSpring Church is to LOVE selflessly.
Once Jesus developed a reputation as a great teacher and had performed several miracles, His popularity grew and the religious leaders started feeling threatened. One day they came after Jesus and put Him in the hottest, asking Him the toughest questions they could think of in hopes that He would say something they could use against Him.
A teacher of the law came forward and threw out a trick question: “what is the greatest command?” There were lots of rules and regulations the Jewish people were supposed to follow and identifying the most important would have been really difficult – for most people. Jesus responded by quoting a well known verse from Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind.”But He didn’t stop there. He went on to give a second bonus command to “Love your neighbor like you love yourself.” These are the most foundational commands for the relationship God wants us to have with Him and with others. (Matthew 22:35-40)
These two foundational commands are inseparably linked. As we obey the first command to love God completely, He enables us to obey the second by filling us with His love to the point that it overflows out of us into the lives of others around us – including our literal neighbors.
We want to be careful not to allow these foundational commands to become something we just talk about, so we want to continually ask ourselves and each other the question, “How can people see God loving them through you?” If we truly adopt this as our greatest value, imagine the impact that it could have on our families, in our neighborhoods, where we work, and in our community. Even a few people living this out could have a transformational effect. But think about what could happen if several people came together to make loving God completely and loving others selflessly their highest value. The impact would be multiplied exponentially as people throughout the community would get the chance to see and feel God’s love in an up close and personal way!
THAT is the kind of people and church we want to be and what we ultimately want to be known for in our community. If that sounds like something you want to be part of, we invite you to come hang out with us, partner with us, and pray for us.
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