Footprints or Monuments

Footprints or Monuments 

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – March 31, 2019

Intro:

  • God is always on the move working to fulfill His plan on earth in us and through us until all things are made new.  
  • We as people tend to work to fulfill our plan on earth.  And our plan usually is to either make our name great so people will notice and remember us, or to work to be safe and comfortable. 
  • God’s plan and our plan don’t naturally align themselves. This is why God gives us a new heart, a new vision and an invitation to follow Him in His work and His plan.  Because His way is better than our way His will will prevail.  
  • Our prayer must be, “Your will be done,” as His call is always “follow me.”  Each of us has to make a choice in how we will respond to God and His will, and trust that His plan is truly better than our plan. 
  • This morning we are going to see how God’s will and our will collide and align from the opening pages of Genesis.  In doing so, we will all be challenged to keep giving ourselves to the will of God.   

God gives His command

  • After creating the heavens and the earth, God blessed humans and told us to: 

Gen 1:28 NIV 
be fruitful and increase in number.  Fill the earth and subdue it. 

  • This was His original command.  Our ancestors became corrupt because of sin and used our power to do what we thought was best.  God wiped the planet clean in a great flood and started over with a man name Noah and his family. 
  • Once Noah came out the Ark, God repeated the same command to Noah: 

Gen. 9:7 NIV 
As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiplyon the earth and increaseupon it. 

  • Noah and his sons obeyed the command of God and pushed forward to fill the earth.  In the passing of time, they came up with their own plan and decided to go their own way.  This is what we read from Gen. 11:

We go our own way

Gen 11:1-4 NIV
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 

  • Instead of making footprints we make monuments.
  • His direction is to go out;our direction is to go up
  • This is the real battle of our souls: choosing to follow our will or choosing to follow the will of God. It is a battle of whois Lord.

Gen 11:5-9 NIV 
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel — because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. 

  • Sometimes God has to shatter us to scatter us. (Great commission, Acts, persecutions, war) 
  • The sovereign plan of God will be accomplished either through us or in spite of us.  His plan will go forward.  
  • Gen. 11 continues the story of humanity through the line of Shem (one of Noah’s sons).  In listing the genealogy, it flows down to a guy named Terah who is the father of Abraham.  

We are prone to settle

Gen 11:31-32
Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settledthere.  32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran. 

  • Settle down, settle in, settle for(Abraham’s Dad Terah was no different)
  • Easier, safer and more comfortable  

Keep moving forward

Gen 12:1-5
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan.

  • To move forward, you have to leave something and leave someone. . .  
    • We will never receive the full blessing of the Lord if we can’t see past our no’s.
    • God wants us to continue to move from the land of the familiarinto the land of faith.
  • To move forward, you have to trust there is something better and someone more. . . 
    • God will make you into something more.
    • God will show Himself in ways you have never seen before.
    • God will give you more people to influence and bless. 
  • To move forward, you have to believe that it is never too late to move forward. . .
    • Abram was 75-years-old.
  • Abram moved out at the command of the Lord and in so doing became the father of the faith and the father of the faithful. 
  • Remember, with every promise there is a process. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it. 
    • He was tested many times (with the birth and sacrifice of his son, etc.) 
    • And in the process, you will become more than you are now.  

Gen 17:4-5
Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram (high father), but your name shall be Abraham (father of a multitude), for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 

  • If you trust Him, and if you follow Him, He will take what is in you and make it more.  

Conclusion and Consideration 

  • God’s first command was to fill the earth with ourpresence.
  • God’s second command was to fill the earth with Hispresence.
  • Our prayers must change from “God keep us safe” to “God make us dangerous.”
  • Are you making monuments or making footprints with your life right now?
  • What are the areas where you have “settled” in your life?
  • What are you going to do now to “keep moving forward?”