THERE IS MORE | Reuben Najera | (FULL SERVICE)

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THERE IS MORE (2)

February 24, 2019 | Pastor Reuben Najera

MESSAGE NOTES: 

BIG IDEA: You were created for a life of adventure, fulfillment and significance. Jesus came so that you may have life and that MORE abundantly. 

John 10:10 (ESV): The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it [more — KJV] abundantly. 

Jesus filled you with his Holy Spirit so that you may experience the MORE for which you were created:

Ephesians 3:20 (ESV): 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

As we learned the last two weeks: 

  • YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE

  • YOU WERE MADE FOR DIVINE DISCONTENT

  • LESS IS MORE

We also learned last week that FOCUS FREES US. When we FORGET what is behind us (the self that we formed from the expectations of others, the hopes and dreams we adopted that were never intrinsic to our divine destiny), and FOCUS on what lies ahead, the true self we were created to be, the true life we were created to live, hidden in Christ, we cast aside the false persona and false pursuits that distorted our existence. Then—and only then!—LESS becomes MORE

Today, let’s go back to the idea of FOCUS

“There is more”… WHERE IS THERE?

  • What is the divinely designed MORE that we were created for? 

  • Jesus said he came to “give us life and that MORE abundantly.” So, what does abundant life look like? 

  • The pursuit for more is often cluttered with goals that don’t align with our destiny. 

  • So how do we focus? On what do we focus? Where is “there”? 

The answer to where our focus should be placed in the pursuit of more is found in our opening statement the first message in this series: YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE. By looking at how we were made, we can find the areas where God is calling us to more. 

Remember, God “placed eternity in our heart.” He made us to long for more. He breathed the breath of life into us, and our perspective starting circling outward from day one:

  1. More of God: Adam opened his eyes and saw the face of God.

  2. More of self:  Adam rose from the ground and was given the task of naming the animals. Father God immediately called Adam to stretch his personal potential and capacity for glory. (From the beginning, God intended for man to grow in glory. It was only the fall of man that made the “denial of self” necessary, which is the denial of pseudo-self, distorted by sin. And when we are saved, we are taken on a journey of rediscovery and restoration of the original self we were created to be as the image of God.)  

  3. More of others: God put Adam to sleep and gave him his wife, his complementary “other.” Adam was called to grow in relationship with his wife. Then, God commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply,” to have children. Adam was then called to grow as a father, and all his family was called to grow in relationships with others all around: family, friends and neighbors. 

  4. More of the world: God created Adam to expand the rule of God throughout the entire creation, starting with the Garden of Eden, which was the prototype for the world. Adam was designed for dominion. He was created with divine discontent, the urge to explore, to develop, plant and build. 

These are the areas of “life more abundantly” that we are called to pursue. 

  1. Relationship with God (Adam)

    1. The Word of God many times refers to our relationship with Christ and the church as that between a husband and a wife. 

      1. I grew up hearing preaching and teaching on the family. About that time, Pastor did a series in the midweek service that went on like a year or year and half, on the family. 

      2. I felt like I had great insights into what adventure was going to be like. I thought, I know there will be more to learn, but come on, I have a head start. 

      3. Neither of us knew what walls we had up from our baggage (that was taught about last week. )

        1. (Reminder: you will not get what doesn’t belong to your shalom... your peace. Remember Pastor Steve talking about couples in a hurry to get married.)

      4. I didn’t know how much my world had been shaped by my upbringing. 

      5. Same with her, she had no idea how much baggage could come from her upbringing. 

        1. Both our parents tried to raise us right, to love God and serve him. 

      6. It isn’t until you begin to be raw and real about what’s inside, and how much you need Jesus, does that relationship with your spouse really start to grow into one. 

    2. What we really need to be doing is having that relationship with Jesus. That time with God where we get real raw about our hearts, our desires, and let him start to pour out that LIFE, that LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY… into your life. 

    3. We have baggage in our relationships. Relationships with God, our spouses, our children, our parents. 

      1. Start with the relationship with God and get that one right inside. Truly transparent. It is the foundation, or bedrock, or fertile field ready for seed, that you can build and grow into other areas of your life. 

      2. Some people like to quote the verse “I would rather you be hot or cold. If you are lukewarm I will spew you out of my mouth” and use it like cracking a whip, and somewhat so: that is what most of these verses are about. But when I read this, it like God, sees us and desires greatly to have that relationship with us. 

Revelation 3:15-20 ESV

 (15)  “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

(16)  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

(17)  For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

(18)  I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

(19)  Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

    1. Exegesis vs eisegesis

      1. When I was 14 years old and began what we called “MIT” class, Ministers In Training, we began to talk about “hermeneutics,” or the methodology of studying the Bible. 

        1. Definition

        2. Usage

        3. Context – Who will let him…

        4. Historical Background

        5. Logic

        6. Precedent

        7. Unity

        8. Inference

      2. And one of the key points discussed was the terms Exegesis and Eisegesis. The point was to have a heart when you look at the word of God, that follows exegetical perspectives, not eisegetical Exegesis and Eisegesis. Exegesis is where you  

          1. Eisegesis (/ˌaɪsɪˈdʒiːsɪs/) is the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one's own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text

          2. Exegesis includes a wide range of critical disciplines: textual criticism is the investigation into the history and origins of the text, but exegesis may include the study of the historical and cultural backgrounds of the author, text, and original audience

    2. We all come from different backgrounds. Whether you are a new Christian as an adult trying to find your way and understand what does it mean to be “A Christian”

        1. It is easy when we hear, “More of God” to fall into a common trap of opening our Bibles and looking for a list of rules. Looking for religion to tell us what to do, or even looking to a pastor to tell us what to do. Looking for a measuring stick to say ok, more of God, how am I doing? This form of Godliness lends itself to self-righteousness. We have to open our bibles and read and study the Word of God to allow God to change us. But we are saved by grace through faith. 

          1. I liken it to something like eharmony.com where you pull up a profile of the spouse of your dreams… and you walk away and you change your ways to be a perfect fit. Come back a few days later, look at the recent posts, review the compatibility profile and walk away feeling good about yourself again on how close you make the fit. 

          2. That is more of God apart from relationship

    3. Jesus said…  

Revelation (3:20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

    1. Remember earlier in Revelation 3 where it sounded so harsh? This is the very next verse. Does that sound like someone who is ready to slap you down and put you in your place? No, it is someone longing for relationship. 

      1. It comes down to that relationship with God. There is so much more that God has for each of us. 

    1. The challenge today is, “There is more.” 

 

Ephesians 3:14, 18, 19 (ESV Paul wrote): 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 

18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 


  1. Relationship with (true) self (Adam…)

    1. I was listening to someone talk recently on the radio, and he was from another country and he was talking about what it means to be an American that, we are encouraged to chase our dreams here. He was giving reasons why chasing our dreams here in America is different than other countries. 

    2. It reminded me of a when I was a child, being told I could be anything I ever wanted to be. Astronaut, President, Fireman, Policeman, Pilot, Doctor, Engineer… 

    3. All that is true, but taking us back to some content from last week: 

      1. It would be easy to be driven by human covetousness, which is driven by a need to impress others. (It would be easy to be inspired by others around us, to only spiral down into an unhealthy pursuit of a false greatness)

      2. Human covetousness is driven by what others think.

      3. Divine discontent is driven by an internal alignment.

      4. The Bible says the blessings of the Lord makes us rich and adds no sorrow to it. 

        1. See, God is the one who puts something in our hearts. In our DNA to make us want and desire. (16 Personalities… Im a “Protagonist”, a “Diplomat” or a “People person.” It’s like this website gets me!) 

        2. But sometimes the baggage likes to “taint” our potential. 

        3. Sometimes our insecurities tell us, “Just like your daddy… Just like your momma… Why not be like your brother, or sister.”

        4. Shhhhhh…. There is a still small voice that is speaking something different. 

          1. My ways, they are above your ways. My thoughts are above your thoughts… 

          2. (ELITE LEGACY: Story about 75K for a 4 hour meeting)

          3. But I stand at the door and knock. And if anyone hears my voice, I will come and dine with him. 

Revelation (3:20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

  1. Relationship with others (family, friends, neighbors)

    1. Richest man in Babylon.

      1. A man who is always looking through a yellow glass sees the world differently than a man who sees the world through a clear clean glass. 

      2. House fire, childhood story, bubbled paint on the car, homeschooled, books… “Sob Story”

      3. How I relate to my neighbor, my family, coworkers and friends… This relationship with God, built on his view of my own capacity, will change how I treat those I love. 

      4. There is more… 

Revelations (3:20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

  1. Relationship to the world (serving through creativity, stewardship, influence)

    1. The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof. 

    2. In him we live and move and have our being

    3. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    4. There isn’t any place in this world that Satan has dominion over, or is ruling in peoples lives that we shouldn’t challenge. 

Revelations (3:20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 

Final word: ASK FOR MORE!

Ephesians 3:14–21 (ESV): For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 

18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.