What Really Matters in Life? - Bible Study Lesson Outline
What Really Matters in Life?
Text: Matthew 6:22-40 (19 vss)
* After the feeding of the multitudes - which followed Jesus because of miracles, healing people (v 6:2)
- 5,000+ people
1. Don't seek for temporary physical things v27
- They asked, so what are we supposed to do then? (i.e "What kind of efforts does God want us to do?")
- Jesus said, believe on the one God sent. (Believe his words, believe in his abilities, etc.)
2. Sincere belief is what God wants from you v.36
- They heard what Jesus was saying but didn't "get it"
- They even positively responded to what he said and asked for what he had to offer - still not really understanding the simplicity of believing.
- They were thinking in physical terms, not spiritually
3. The will of God for your life is clear
- Believe on Jesus
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.
- The problem is not a lack of saying the "right words". A lot of people say what others want them to hear.
- The problem is not a lack of looking "correct". A lot of people have the outward appearance of a disciple of Jesus Christ - they would have blended in among a crowd of Jesus followers.
- The problem is not a lack of behavior and action. A lot of people perform duties, behave properly, and even give sacrifices and do work in an effort to appear as one of God's people.
It's all misguided, ignorant, wasteful, foolish, purposeless, empty.
What God wants is only one thing, actually: sincerity.
A proof? David was a man after God's own heart.
"I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will."
Psalm 16:2 - "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee"
No self-confidence, but instead had humility before God.
- In our limited way of seeing things, David's sins are most noticeable. But to God, David's heart is what was most noticeable.
- DAVID HATED EVERY FALSE WAY (Ps 199:104) - hypocrisy. Better to be honest and at fault than to live a lie...even if everyone admires you.
It's no different today, with us.
- It's very difficult to see what someone is really like. We can only see the outside, we can only hear what people say and see what they do.
- The Lord isn't limited by just seeing the outside. He can plainly see past all the outward appearances and clearly knows our nature. He can see the heart - the "inward man".
(Romans 8:27 - "He that searches the hearts")
For example, Psalm 5:9 - "For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue."
What does this mean to you? It means that you should examine and reflect on your own self. Where do you stand before God? Are you for real - genuine? Or are you a pretender? That's truly what's important. One day, a lot of things that don't seem to matter to us now will mean everything. One day, all the things that we presently THINK are important will mean nothing at all.