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Say “No” to Say “Yes”

These past few weeks, we’ve been focusing on what it looks like to be the bride of Christ.  Keith did an incredible job this past Sunday describing what we have to look forward to in eternity as His bride.  What an amazing gift we have been given, to be in the presence of the Father, the way that He intended it to be before the beginning of time!

I cannot wait until the day I stand before the Father and hear the words that Jesus spoke in Matthew 25:23:

“Well done good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness.” (NIV)

My question to you for this week is simply this: Are you being faithful today in the few things? 

God has given us time, resources, and relationships.  How we manage these gifts has an eternal impact.

Jesus told His followers in Matthew 16:24-25, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.  If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” (NLT)

I think we would all agree that there is nothing more glorious than being a part of the Kingdom of Heaven.  We all want to receive that final reward.  What often gets in the way of us being faithful with what God has given us is what needs to be given up, or what needs to be crucified.

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What do you need to say “no” to, so that you can say “yes” to what matters the most?

Maybe you need to say “no” to staying up late so you can say “yes” to spending your mornings with your Creator.  Maybe you need to say “no” to a TV show to say “yes” to real conversations with your kids.  Maybe to say “yes” to showing your spouse you care about them, you need to say “no” to the new gadget or dress you’ve had you’re eye on.  What do you need to say “no” to in order to say “yes” to the body of Christ?

We all want to hear those words “well done.”  Where do you need to say “no” so you can say “yes” and make an eternal difference? 

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I am the Lead Pastor at Southern Hills Christian Church. I strive everyday to kill the old me and live by the Spirit. I enjoy spending time with my family...especially my amazing wife Natasha.

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  1. Thank you Shannon for always showing us God’s way of thinking, living and loving others. What I want to be is the Jesus that others see instead of seeing me. I want to be so full of Him that it’s easy to say no to say yes. Because in my flesh, it is not easy to say no; in my flesh, I will buy that latest gadget or newest outfit. I have to stay connected to the one that helps me say no. Because at the end of my life, the only thing that will matter is to hear those faithful words I look forward to, “well done good and faithful servant.” I want to finish that race and do well.

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