DRIP | CUES FOR REFLECTION ON THE RECENT SERMON.
“The Heartbreak” | Advent 2016 Incarnation Series
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21
We are lonely.
Signs of Desperation for True Affection
Selfies (Longing For) & Selfishness (Lashing Out)
+ Selfies | Longing for Recognition and Affection - Selfies are our desperate attempts to
be noticed, celebrated… loved. Many forms of Selfies - but all are attempts to “noticed”.
+ Selfishness | Lashing Out Against Feeling Unrecognized and Unloved - Selfish acts and behaviors are all reactions against rejection.
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves..." - 2 Timothy 3
Distractions, Distractions, Distractions
“The way to render a man happy, is to engage him with an object that will make him forget his private troubles. What can be the reason that this man, who not long ago lost his only son, and this very morning was engaged almost to distraction in a law suit, now does not give his troubles a thought? You need not be astonished, he is taken up with watching a stag (deer) which his hounds have been in full chase after, for six hours. However great his distress may have been, in this he finds ample consolation. In short, prevail upon a man to join in any amusement whatever, and as long as that lasts he will be happy; but it will be a false and imaginary happiness, arising not from the possession of real and solid good, but from a levity of spirit that obliterates the recollection of his miseries, and fixes his thoughts upon mean and ridiculous objects, unworthy of his attention, and still less deserving of his love.” - Pascal’s Pensées
“But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart;
They have turned aside and departed.” - Jeremiah 5:23
“Loneliness, at its root, is a spiritual issue. We don’t need to merely hang out with more friends. We don’t need to merely learn how to speak love languages. We need help. We need a savior. We need an advocate whose name is Christ Jesus. And our heart cry should not merely be, ‘I do bad things because I’m lonely, so someone come keep me company, make me feel better.’ Our deep heart cry should be, ‘I’m lonely because I’m a sinner in a dark and fallen world. God help me.’” - John Piper
The Incarnation is God Healing Us of our Greatest Pain.
“…God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them… God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” - 2 Corinthians 5: 19,21
- Advent is the celebration of reconciliation!
- Advent is the celebration of forgiveness!
- Advent is the celebration of God winning over our stubborn and rebellious hearts!
"I am the greatest failure of all men. I was too much with men and too little with God. I was too busy with business meetings and even conducting services. I should have been more with God, and people would've sensed God's presence about me when they were with me," - Billy Graham.
Advent is the celebration of reconciliation and the reminder to remain in constant connection with the living God.
1. Stop Being So Stubborn and Be Reconciled to God and Others
“We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:20Say sorry first. Seek others out first because Christ reached out to you first.
2. Feast on Christ
Stop living distracted, soothing the pain of your loneliness, instead feast on Christ. Take advantage of the Incarnation, that God reconciled you through the sacrifice of His Son. Don’t regret not spending time with Him, living for Him, building a life with Him!
3. Let God Break Open Your Heart
Be so moved by the Incarnation again, that during this Advent, you’ll have your heart broken open again. Remember the Art by Alexandr Milov, it’s like turning around and seeing that God never had his back turned on us, instead through His Son, he had his arms and hands extended. Advent is discovering that God reached out to us first and hence our hearts breaking open!
“There are at least two ways to understand what it means to have our hearts broken. One is to imagine the heart broken into shards and scattered about. The other is to imagine the heart broken open into a new capacity – …this small, tight fist of a thing called my heart can break open into greater capacity…” - A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” - Luke 22:19
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