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We're glad to have you here. We're glad to have you in person in the room that feels so unfamiliar. We're excited in a couple of weeks, we're gonna have a kid service where they all get to do stuff together. So it's a great opportunity to just invest into our families. And actually today I have some other exciting news that most of you don't know about or pay attention to, but it's just one of those things that happen in life. Today's actually our birthday today, North, he is 30 years old, literally within a couple of days. So our 29th year was rough. We have testimony about it and we'll be able to tell our kids, you know, down the road, 29 was hard. So we're going to turn the corner with 30. Let's bring it on. So today we are starting a conversation about stones rocks, and this was a lot of actually pastor Kayla's idea from a San Francisco campus.
She was like, what if as we walk up to Easter, we talk about rocks, okay. How are you doing? I know that the 29th year was hard. She was like, no. And then, you know, it goes off to like, you know, ending with Easter of the stone, a big rock being rolled away, which is why we meet every week. And so I was like, yeah, that sounds great. And you know, we looked and there's all these different stories about stones or rocks throughout the new Testament. And throughout scripture that have clear representation of things and said, let's have a conversation about that. So it was a great if you want to set up like which weeks is what? So this week, or last week she sent me and she goes, okay, here you go. I think this is the first one do this one.
And it was when Jesus turns stones into bread. And I literally responded back, I think in a text message and said what you come in and talk for 30 minutes about Jesus turning stones into bread. So that's what we're going to do today. And we're going to, we're going to do it a little differently. We're gonna do, what's called an exegetical message where I'm literally going to talk about every word in a small amount of verses of scripture. We're going to break that down and see what we learned from this. So I will give you the end of the story. Now, Jesus, doesn't turn stones into bread. There you go. But I know I'm like the movie spoiler. So this, this, this comes from Matthew four and this is a really important text. And this is where I want to start out with. Be real.
We all are tempted by something right now, you are attempted by something. There is things that are extra tempting to you that you have identified as other things that kind of sneak up on you. And we live in this world that is geared towards temptation, like creating tempt of moments and making you think you need something, our hearts and our minds. And here's the deal is that we need to realize as we get into this and Matthew chapter four, that Satan is real. Sin is real and we are all prone to wonder towards sin or temptation. And that temptation is just part of our life. For some of you it's sexual or money or reputation or family. And some of you, it's a very, a thing that's very quiet. That's not like one of these big name things. That's just kind of hiding underneath the surface.
And so today, as we look in Matthew four, I want to look where this is being set up from. And that starts in Matthew three. And this is as Jesus is actually starting his ministry. He is being baptized. And it says in Matthew three 17, that a voice from heaven. This has God said, this is my son. Son is Jesus. This is my son whom I love whom I am. Well-Pleased. Now, this is really important because we're going to wrap back to this, but this is the setup to the scene in Matthew four. This is my son whom I love whom I'm well, pleased God saying to Jesus. So then Matthew four one starts like this, then Jesus, then Jesus. So let's talk about Jesus for a minute. This is a beautiful thing that Matthew is doing and does from the very beginning of this book and the new Testament where he is declaring and making sure it is really clear.
The hero of all of these stories is Jesus. That what we're reading about when we read scriptures is about Jesus and his story. Oftentimes we can find ourselves trying to relate to it and making it about us and putting ourselves in there. And he's saying, no, no, no. Jesus is the hero. Jesus is the reason we meet here. Jesus is the reason we're going to have a conversation about a big gigantic stone and a couple of weeks. And we read things like it's about us, but it's about Jesus. And that's exactly where he starts. Then Jesus was led by the spirit. If I miss verse one of the most fascinating verses in the new Testament, then Jesus was led by the spirit, the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil, to which we say what? This doesn't even make sense. Like this is really happening.
We think something bad happens to us. We often go like some evils at work, but this is crazy. You took this out. Jesus was led by who the spirit, the spirit led Jesus. There, God put him there. Now some of us were pitched as the version of Christianity where it was like, Hey, if you believe Jesus, everything's going to go really, really well in your life. It's going to go great. Your marriage is going to be good. Your kids are going to be wonderful. Your job, your bank account, it's all going to look good. And for some of us, this is the Christianity that we were pitched in, in these things that we do. Like everything that we touch is just going to prosper, right? We hang on to old Testament values too, of Jeremiah 29 11. Like we're just going to prosper. That's who we are.
It's all going to be good. All the time. I saw recently a famous prosperity preacher. Some of you guys have seen these on TV was asking people to give a gift of generosity so he could buy a $54 million private jet, right? $54 million private jet and is asking for this because he needs to go and bring the gospel to other reasonable places in an instant, right? You look at his website and it says, you need to sow a love gift into his ministry. Now here's what happens with prosperity. In sewing conversation, sewing language is, is this thing where we sew something into the ground and we put some water on it and we feed it and some gets there and it starts to grow. And at this point, this, this sewing language causes us to expect a what a return, right? We so something, we want to get something back.
So if I give money, then God owes me something. This whole prosperity thing. If I'm a Christian, I'm never going to get sick. And if I do it's my fault or it's something that I did, but God's always going to heal me every time. God's going to make sure that you have everything that you need, all the money that you need in. This is how it's pitched to us, right? This is how we get comfortable in this is why. When we find a Rocky place, we like that. I did that Stony place, right? It rattled that rattles us. And it starts to throw us off kilter because we're just used to this. Like lovey-dovey comfortable snuggle blanket, right? A weighted blanket. And it's just Jesus. But look at what Matthew does with Jesus. Look where it starts. And if you choose to follow him, we as followers, this is what happens.
The father is first in Matthew, three 17. He's going to Claire that you are good. He's going to say, you're good. You're his son that he loves you. And he's going to kick you out into the wilderness. Baptize kicked you out into the wilderness, where you are going to be tempted where your life's going to be wrecked by Satan, the devil, right? That's what he's saying. This is what you're signing up for. You're going to throw you out into aloneness, out into the wilderness to be really hungry. And then we're going to see if Satan can actually destroy your life. Who's signing up, right? That's what we look at. Like sign the dotted line. That's what you're signing up for when you're saying yes to following Jesus. And this is where we see Jesus actually leading. He doesn't go, Hey, you follow me. And everything's going to be all better. He doesn't start with that. He talks about how it can be and what needs to happen. But Matthew starts with this different setup. He says, Hey, if you're going to follow me, I'm going to put you out into loneliness in wilderness and hunger. When that happens in, Satan's going to come out to you. And here's the first principle I want us to grab out of this is that God has a wonderful and difficult plan for your life.
God has a wonderful, a beautiful and difficult plan for your life. So the first question, when I look at this test that I would want to ask is why, why would the spirit lead Jesus out to be tempted where Satan was going to be allowed to just come at him? So, first of all, I'm going to look at this word tempted right here. This word tempted in the Greek has two meanings. The first is temptation. This is what the devil is going to be doing. Or the accuser, when the other word is testing, it's a double meaning. This word is testing is actually how God uses things and how we gain character and perseverance and endurance is through testing and difficult things and going deeper in having nowhere else to look but up to him and to him, for him to take care of everything in our weakness.
And the devil uses this stuff in our life as well. That's going on? So what does God want to do in this situation? Really in great here, we're seeing, and it said, God wants to test Jesus. He let them out there to be tested in James chapter one. It says that God does not tempt us, but he will test us. So he's doing the thing, this thing to Jesus. So we'd ask why is he testing Jesus? Like, why is this happening? Why are you making it difficult for him? And Jesus is about to go on the craziest mission. And the question is, does he have the character to withstand? Is he strong enough to do this? You look at other analogies in situations, you know, the Navy seals could come along and someone can be like, I want to be a Navy seal. And you're like, awesome.
Say this creed. And they're like, okay, I'm a Navy seal now. And they're like, yeah, that doesn't, that's not how it works. Right? They're like, you want to be a Navy seal. We're going to lead you into the wilderness buddy. Right. We're going to do some testing. Right. And see what characters built up there. We're going to get half of you to quit. We're going to tear you down to nothing. We're going to see if you have what it takes to become stronger, to have the character, to get through the mission at hand, you're going to hold each other's arms. And it was drowned in the ocean and just crazy stuff. Right? You're going to put yourself through that. And out of that comes something different. So for your kids in the room, or you adult kids in the room, same thing with Batman, right?
That man was like a little teeny rich kid, right? And got them. He's a scrawny guy. You know, a situation happened his life. He went off and trained for years and became a Ninja, trained to be a Ninja. And then he was tested there over years and years and years. And so when he was able to come back and fight crime and handle stuff, he was ready for the mission at hand, because he had been tested. This is what God is doing with Jesus in the beginning of his ministry, this is right off the bat. And this is what he does. Romans five says this, we know that suffering produces perseverance and perseverance character, character. That's what he's trying to do. He's trying to produce a character in the person of Jesus. And that's what we actually want to do with you. That's what we need to be doing to ourselves is to produce this character.
And honestly, friends, this is causing me, especially in this season to rethink how we do discipleship here. That's a big word, but it's a process of actually following and doing some testing, which creates endurance and character in a person. Usually though how we do it, honestly, as we soft sell it, we want to be a comfortable place. And we're a people and process and people come in here and we're like, Oh yeah, just be comfortable. Just kind of feel it out. You know, you don't have to really engage in anything and say hi to people and give it a couple years. Maybe you'll take a next step. We know we know what you're doing at home and at the job. And we see what you say in public. If you know, no big deal, right. You're not changing. It's all good. You be you. Right.
We soft sell it. And we say, well, you're in like the Jesus cuddle snuggle area, right. You come to church and you wash it off. And then you get to do one of these right? In a couple of years, we'll take a next step. But God's like messing this whole thing up right now, right off the bat. There is no soft sell. There's no soft start. He's saying we're going to front-load this thing in the very beginning. So when reality hits, when everything gets Rocky, right? When everything feels uncomfortable, we have been tested already and we're able to get through it. We find ourselves in a place like so many have found themselves over the last 12 months where we're trying to see can this suffering that we've gone through in this shift of things actually produce character in me.
When I was in, I was younger. I had a buddy had like a two year old and I was, we were hanging out in the kitchen area and his kid was walking over towards the cabinet. His kid was about to smash his finger in the, in the little, like the drawer thing, the sliding door for like silverware. And so like a good person. I'm like, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Right. And my buddy was like, no, no, no, no, no, no. It's okay. And he walks over there and goes and smashes the kid's finger. And I was like, are you a psychic?
Where am I? Who are you? Right. What is wrong with you? And he's like, no, no, he won't do that again. And I'm like, what do you mean? It's a baby raise. I got to teach him like, how's he going to know that you shouldn't, that it's going to crunch her fingers. You crunch her fingers. That's what happened. I was like, you are a sick person, but there is an analogy here to making it into a message. What this guy is saying is I don't want to be around to always make sure you don't crunch your fingers. I don't want to wait until in college and looking over and being like, how are we not going to crunch our fingers today? You making sure you're comfortable. Don't do that. Right? He's saying I'm not going to be all around you. The point is I can't baby.
You your whole life. I have to prep you and prepare you in front load you to be strong enough to not only survive, but to accomplish the mission that I have you on. And a lot of us are experiencing what types of training we have done and how prepared we really are in these moments. What feels like we can still hang onto it instead of working and getting to a point we've, we've flipped things upside down in our process where we're like, Hey, you've been around here or you're doing this Jesus saying, you know what? Down the road where you're really arrive is a missions trip. I know crazy. You go somewhere and you actually serve people who don't look like you. Who don't smell like you. The downcast of the area, you can go at two in the morning. This is a big deal.
I mean, this is really making it. We're talking two years on the road show, but two in the morning at the Sparrow project and do a feed on Friday night, where are you going to get all the unwanted people of the community? Where nobody loves them, go there and that's like making it right. We need to front load it. If you've ever been on a missions trip, you've had this experience where you went somewhere and you're like, Whoa, God is here. A lot of you that have traveled into other countries even, or down into Mexico or on some of our Uganda trips, you're blown away. Cause you're like, wow. Like I just feel the presence of God here. And that's because that's where he's abiding. Right? He's here too. But he is doing work out there in constantly inviting us that this is where the work is. You need to front load it and see, and then go the other direction. I'm going to start with a missions trip. I'm going to start with beating this and then I'm going to go backwards. And I'm an understand what grace and mercy and love actually looks like. So I have a question.
Are you still asking God to baby? You, are you still asking God to baby? You that's the whole point. I think God will drive us into the wilderness at times. And you're there. And Satan's going to see this as an opportunity to break us down in order and to make as the person that he wants us to be. But we tend to think, why would he do that? I don't understand. And that's why I want to say this again. God has a wonderful and difficult plan for your life. So the next thing then Jesus was led by the spirit into the world. And that's to be tempted by the devil again, why is this here? Why is this happening? Is he being tempted to be tempted by the devil? This, this word devil right here means it's dial bolus. It literally means accuser. It's used three or four times in the old Testament that that specific verbiage, this person is called the devil.
And he's an accuser. He accuses people, things you see in the book of job. He's like in the figure of a lawyer in constantly accusing, accusing, accusing, accusing. And here's why this is important for us to understand who this person is. And at this temptation happens. And that this is real. Let me read to you from revelations, chapter 12, about what the accuser is about. One thing that we typically do when we see this word devil, we like think of it like a cartoon, right? And like Pitchfork and big horns and super muscly and just kind of funny, right? It's kind of a fun thing to joke around with. And we do this, but here's what it says in revelations. This great dragon, the ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world. Right? So right off the bat, we get this picture that the devil or Satan, he's a deceiver deceiving the whole world.
You've maybe heard this, that the greatest trick that the devil could ever play was making the world think he doesn't right? Yeah. That's what he does to you. That's what he does to me is to make us think that he doesn't exist to deceive you, did. They receive me so that we let our guard down. He wants to see you into thinking that there's no such thing as God, that there's no such thing as heaven. That there's no such thing as spirituality. It's just you, you're the center. You're the main thing. You're the main event. And he's the deceiver making us think that way. So the great dragon that ancient serpent called that called the devil or Satan. The one deceiving the whole world was thrown down to the earth with all of his angels. When the dragon realized, now this is apocalyptic literature real quick, it's a full of a ton of imagery.
We're not going to get deep into it, but it's to paint a point. When the dragon realized that he had been thrown down into the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. Now this was a picture, an image that was very messianic, that this is where Jesus came out of, or this was Israel coming in, fulfilling these things. And so the dragon, the devil now is pursuing this male child. And the dragon tried to drown the woman with a flood of water that flowed from his mouth. But the earth helped her by opening its mouth and swallowing the river, that gushed from the mouth of the dragon and the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children, all who keep God's commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus Christ. So here's what we get.
This is us. Oh, funny, funny, funny, Satan devil thing. Let's play around. You know, it's kind of fun to dabble in, right? Listen, he is at war. We need to grasp that. He is at war with us. He's a deceiver that, that war with you, he hates you. He hates your family. He hates your kids. He hates this church, right? He doesn't want any of it. He wants a bad for you. And this is why we have to have a clear vision of what Jesus is dealing with. He is at war right now. So back to Matthew four, we see that he is tempted. One of us needs to realize that we are tempted and it's not always one of the big things that you can grasp onto. There's more subtle stuff in the ways that we're tempted. He's a deceiver. CS Lewis says this in this way, in his Screwtape letters that he authored. This is indeed. The safest road to hell is a gradual one, a gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turns without milestones, without signposts. When you say to yourself in a moment of weakness of temptation, and you say, I'm not weak, I'm not tempted. I'm really strong. This is where you can actually be destroyed because it's subtle. It's smooth. It's calm.
The way I can give you a really intense example is this. Cause I feel like we need it a couple years ago, they changed the way they slaughter livestock. So they used to, you know, we, we burgers and stuff. A lot of people do. They would, livestock was a very like aggressive thing. The way that they slaughtered and processed livestock, it was like electric prods. And oftentimes the livestock would trip and fall herself. And it was a very anxious moment. And so a lot of people really pushed forward to have a humane act put in when it came to processing livestock. And so they did that. So now what happens is when they're processing livestock is cow comes in and he gets to walk off into a shoot and there's food and it's soft at his feet. So they're comfortable. And then the gate that they're going in gets tighter to feel more snugly and comfortable, you know, that weighted blanket thing. Right? So they're just having a fantastic time. It came out, it's soft under foot there's food. E I get a little snuggle. Then all of a sudden they wondered down, nothing too sharp turn, no big noise coming on. And they go, and then they get their neck caught in the shoot right there. And then they knock them out. And then they chop it up. That was really aggressive. They didn't see it coming. And here's why I wanted to say, you're the cow.
He wants to chop you up. He wants you to get out and be soft under foot. I have some food and wonder, and all of a sudden you're getting chopped up. There's big stuff that we can see, but we can get into like the subtle things where the devil will just let you waste your life or get really comfortable. Right. And we say, well, that can never happen to me. That that never would happen to me. It's where it starts. It's soft. It's deceiving. And you have to keep your eyes out for it. You have to, you have to see it coming up and be watching for it. Because if you're not watching for these things, that's when they sneak up on you. If you're not preparing for, if you're not protecting yourself, okay. Moving forward. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was, what do you think he was hungry?
I would be too right. He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. He was hungry. I'm sure he was tired. He was weak. An interesting thing for you to know is what is this? Why, why 40 days? Why didn't he fast for 40 days out of the kick of this? It was actually a recognition in a process of a double pro prophecy piece where Jesus was actually reenacting the 40 years in the wilderness of wondering around that Israel did then come into new thing. And this is him being successful. This is him setting it up for the future. As this new Israel has God's person to make this relationship with God, a righteous one into a new covenant, because the old covenant was so broken and messy. And it was, it was all over the place. And so he right here is representing, Hey, here's the 40 days in the new Israel.
I'm going to come in here. The men going to be successful. So look at what the devil does. He came to him after fasting when he's at his weakest. And my question for you right now would be for you to process. When are you the weakest? I asked him in this, it's more comfortable to ask men as a man. And oftentimes men will tell me I'm the weakest most tempted when I travel or when things at home aren't good or when I'm distracted or when I'm busy or when I'm tired, right? The tempter came to him and he said, Hey, I'm going to get you at your weakest. If you are the son of God, tell these stones to become bread. If you're the son of God, you're exhausted right now, tell these stone to become bread. I want to pause real quick in this son of God conversation, because just moments ago, we looked back in Matthew, three 17 as he began this journey.
And we saw how God spoke to him. At first, I think it has two meanings here. One, I think this is a direct inversion of what he did. Satan did to Adam and Eve in the garden, in the garden. He was saying to them, don't you want to be God, don't you think you could be God, don't. You want to have all the knowledge. You could be a God, look at what you could do in this direct version that we're seeing here in this moment is, is him saying, do you really think you could be human? Do you really think you could put the God thing aside to go through this? Your God, your can I float around and do these cool things, right? He shows up to where God says, you can't adjust to be human. Look at you. You're weak. You're going to have to resist the temptation to be God when you're hurt and feeling the human things that you're going to be feeling.
You're not going to get followers by week, who gains followers by being weak, beaten, and then put up on a cross. That is not a winning way. I need to do this. Jesus. Right? So turn stones into bread. You're hungry. If you are the son of God now, what did God say about Jesus moments ago? He said, you are, my son said that he declared your, my son. See what? He just did? What the deceiver just did. He just took what God said about him, his identity. And he is questioning him about it. He's making him question. It really you're the son of God. Do you really think, you really believe if you are after God just said, you are mine. I declared you. You are loved. I am proud of you and friends. We deal with this every day, we deal with this identity piece every single day that because of the gospel, it says that Jesus has done.
When you repent and you give your life to him, you become a beloved son, a beloved daughter, that God is pleased with you. And you bring him joy that you are a new creation that you're forgiven. That you're forgiven because we sit there and we just have this thing rolling over us, where Satan's kind of poking in and being like, you're not a new creation. I know what you did last night. I know who you are walking in here right now. I know what have been rolling in your head. Oh, you think you're forgiving? You're a mess. You're a mess. You're not strong. You're weak. You're not, you're old. And there's this constant tension in our lives, right? To believe what God has actually said, us and this identity that he's given us. So now Jesus is saying now, images, are you really going to believe that God said about you? I'm not even sure that you're the son of God, but three seconds ago, God said, you're my son. And so it says the temper came to him and said, if you're the son of God, tell these stones to become bread. So what does this mean? Stones to bread. I'm finally getting there. Sorry. We're finally getting to the stones to bread.
He's saying right here, stones. I want to take this Morally neutral every day.
The thing, where did it go? It was right there. Stones. We go back. I was pointing at stones. There you go. That thing,
This morally neutral everyday thing.
I want you to make it more important than God. This stones to God is actually idolatry. This is our everyday life. I want you to take money and make it more important than God. Think about it more than God to seek after it. More than God sexual relationships, more than got reputation. More than God. All of your idolatry moments in life. What is your stones to bread? That's you're being tempted about that. Just thing that's right in front of you. Right? For me, sometimes, honestly it could be my kids for some of you that have had kids where sometimes you feel like you can love them more than God. Right? You put them up and you a dollar try the ties on you. You don't, you know, you have time for certain things that are comfortable. What we don't invest into eternal things and prepare them when life hits it.
Right? There's this common thing. Maybe you've even experienced it where you're one of those that you hung around and you did the church thing. It was soft. It was comfortable. And then later in life, life hits you. Right? And then he started questioning the Bible and what's this look like? And it kind of get notched down as authority down a couple of rings. Cause you're looking at it going like, ah, I'm more into like what my feelings are and that has authority or my experiences. Right? And then you wonder off and you find yourself not really, even part of the faith community. And then life hits you weird or you have kids and it's like a wake-up call. And you're like, Oh, I'm going back to church. You've seen this. Some of you you've experienced this. And you're like, I need to get this root in me.
Right. But in the midst of that, it's because we are idolatry, rising other things. I think that was the right word. Yeah. We're making an idol out of all kinds of other things where we're taking stones and making into bread because we're not really interested in that mission at hand for our lives where we're interested in pleasing ourselves, right. Making that better. And actually, if you look at it, it actually destroys us and can destroy the people around us. Especially when we put our kids up on a pedestal, right? Or other people or other things up on a pedestal, that's more work becoming more important than family or your relationship with Jesus in that investment. When you treat people or things like God and putting on a suit, you begin to actually destroy them because we compete. We sacrifice
Anything for them. You know, you find yourself, these other things you're like, yeah, that now has become more important than a corporate worship experience. Right? Jammies watching at home right now, it's just gotten a little bit more comfortable and experiencing biblical community and figuring that out or doing hard work and finding how to do that from a distance. The tempter came to him and said, if you are the son of God, tell these stones to become bread and cheese, Jesus answered. And this is so powerful. Jesus answers. It is written that in here might not be written on here.
Okay. I'll tell you what it is. It's written. It's written, man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God, he's actually speaking from Deuteronomy when all this stuff happens. And what we see here is in the midst of temptation, what does he use in the midst of temptation? Not a feeling, not experienced. He uses scripture. He uses the word of God. That's where he goes. When things get rattled and things come around and where do you go, friends when you're rattled and things come up and you're in the midst of a weakness or temptation go to the scriptures. He's showing us right here that this is where the power is. The powers into the scriptures. Not, not a sermon, not a podcast, not a church. It's the scriptures. And that this is the authority. This is the power.
And that's why it's so important that you're in them. So when you found yourself in this really weak place or where you're tempted and you're just at your end, right, you've got to dig into where the power is and that's in the scriptures so that you can be tested and refined and God can speak to you. And even talks about how the word is like a sword to fight against those things that are coming up against you. In many, many, many of us have experienced that. And many, many, many of us have been staring at a bunch of stones, starving, hungry, tired, standing out. It looks really tempting to just turn that in to bread. But man shall not live on bread alone. But on every word that comes from the mouth of God, the devil is always focusing friends on the temporal. And Jesus was like this way, bigger things than what's right in front of me.
There's things that are big, real bigger. It's not so temporal as feeding myself this spread or changing it into something that I could eternal things, not just bread. Here's the crazy part is you could be fed. You could be well fed your entire life and still go to hell. And as a spiritual eternal things at stake, that is why man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. So here's what matters to me. Here's what matters to you is here's what should matter to you? What God says about you, that you are the son, that you are a daughter that you are loved and that you bring him joy.
But what the devil constantly says is just care about the next 60 seconds. Just care about the next 12 days, the next three months, just to focus on that, just care about that. Just make sure that you're comfortable. And you've got to say, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. We've got way bigger plans than that. So some conversations where you can knock out your phone right now and pull out your phone and take a picture of this. If you're with us, wherever you are, if you're with us here in the room, here's some followup questions to kind of continue this conversation with this. What do you really think God says about you? What'd you to ask that like really? Have you ever, have you ever even just sat in silence and thought, what does God really think about me? And have a conversation? Maybe actually imagine that he's sitting there right next to you in a room right next to you on the chair and say, what do you really think about me? I'm sitting here with just vulnerable. I mean, what are you, God, what do you think about me right now? And ask yourself, are you tired? Are you feeling weak? Where are you tired? What's causing you to be tired. Are you recognizing that? So you can be on guard and see that coming. And then finally, what's your, why? What's your eternal focus?
Why are you a follower of Jesus? Why are you willing to sacrifice and give up everything? Why is it worth working at it? Why is it worth making time to be in community? Why is it worth making time to go on a mission trip? Why is it worth making time to go serve someone else? Why is it making time to go sit down with my kids and have eternal conversations with my children? What's your why? So as you process these questions, I think a really valuable thing to do in these moments. And I think as we get into the word and we understand some of these things is to respond and worship, which is in song, which is an action, which is a physical thing that we're doing. And you can do this really from wherever you are, whether you're in the room right here, you're at home in your room, you know, with your family or in your car, your, your work, you can still respond to this moment. I'm going to ask all of you to stand. We're going to sing a, the response to who God is, what he's done for us, how great he is. And then I want to come out here and I want to send us off of the blessing. And then we'll call that a wrap. So would you just respond and worship.