Many of us grew up in environments where we were encouraged to lay our ambitions aside in the name of following Jesus. We were told that it was vain to pursue success in many arenas. In this message, Pastor Erwin McManus challenges this cultural belief by diving into Matthew 20:20-28. In this passage, Jesus redefines the definition of greatness for his followers.
Pastor Erwin shares that Scripture never condemns the human desire to accomplish great things. In Matthew 20, Jesus simply encouraged his followers to see greatness as the result of sacrificial servanthood. We were not meant to live average, mediocre lives. We were meant to live with an ambition that works hard to see dreams accomplished and success realized. Because we are exposed to so much information about those who have accomplished greatness, it can be easy to believe that high levels of success are easy to come by. Pastor Erwin suggests that our greatness is waiting to be uncovered by hard work and discipline. Since we are representing God, we are wired with a desire to bring our very best to the world around us. “If you go to the edge of servanthood you will find yourself standing on the brink of greatness.”
“The Drive For Greatness” message by Erwin McManus, previously recorded at Mosaic Hollywood.
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At times, it can feel as though we are too broken for God to do anything great in our lives. The incredible news is that there is nothing God can’t use in our lives to make us better. God takes our damage and uses it to make us who we were actually created to be. No matter what we’re going through or what we have experienced, God has an incredible way of pulling us together because with God nothing is wasted.
Moses’ life was so unexpected on many levels. His story is a true reminder that how we start doesn’t have to be how we finish. Sometimes we make decisions and let them cripple us and steal from our future. In Acts 7:30-32 Moses met God and God directed him toward his future. It says “An angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.”
The only way to leave our past in the past is to let God create a new future. There are things we will do that we must own. There will always be people who want to define us by the worst moments in life. Even when Moses was running God, was preparing him. When we think we are wasting time, God uses time as fertilizer. We must remember God looks at us at our worst, and only sees all the good we can do.
“With God there is nothing wasted.” – Erwin McManus
“Nothing Wasted” message by Erwin McManus, previously recorded at Mosaic Hollywood.
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For some of us, having faith in God comes more naturally. For others, it isn’t that simple. In this message from August of 2018, Pastor Erwin McManus walks us through his journey of finding faith. He explains that to him, the journey to Jesus was just that: a journey! Growing up he experienced a wide array of religions and was exposed to many world views. He did not imagine being a pastor when he grew up.
As we navigate our way through life, we are informed about different religions and ways to God. But how do we know which path really is the way? Pastor Erwin references John 14:6 when Jesus says “No one comes to the Father except through me.” He explains that Jesus came to us and did not force us to believe. Rather, our own souls call us to believe in something more, and that Jesus is the only God that is searching for us, rather than us searching for God.
When we have only a mathematical view of the world, we simply become a part of the falling domino effect. Our lives are a passive happening that, within them, we do not have freedom of choice. But we know there must be more intention and meaning to our lives than this. We know deep down there is purpose, and that our choices make a powerful impact on the future. Jesus’ life is the perfect example of a God who meets us right where we are and opens us up to the wonder of life all around us.
“Jesus came to show us what God would do to get to us.”
“Why Jesus” message by Erwin McManus, previously recorded on August 26, 2018, at Mosaic Hollywood.
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Pastor Erwin McManus inspires us with this great message from April 22, 2018 as part of our “Best Of” Series. — Many of us long to step into the life Jesus imagined for us. But how do we really do it? First, we must realize that faith is not a moment or merely a one-time decision. Inviting God into our lives is just the starting point. There’s much necessary work needed to move into a spiritual depth. Sometimes we misunderstand what it looks like to step into faith with God but the struggle of faith is not a new struggle!
Asaph shares his struggles in Psalms 73:1-2 “God is truly good to Israel, to those who have pure hearts but I had almost stopped believing this truth. I had almost lost my faith because I was jealous of proud people. I saw wicked people doing well.” We lose our clarity when we focus on what others are doing. As long as we’re looking at others’ journeys and comparing, we’re walking blind.
There will be moments in life that just don’t make sense. Because of this, our faith must be connected to who God is instead of understanding all that God does. There may be days we question if it’s worth it. Like Asaph, we’re human and we have struggles, but when we stay close to Jesus we don’t have to run when crisis comes. We meet God right in the middle of our journey.
“Faith is not connected to what God does. Your faith has to be connected to who God is.”
– Erwin McManus
“Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” message by Erwin McManus, previously recorded on April 22, 2018, at Mosaic Hollywood.
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This future that’s becoming a reality belongs to those who are bold enough to create it. Right now, someone is creating a future for us to live in. The future is not created passively.
The words from Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes help us build the kind of future we long for. Solomon teaches us that we must have a generous spirit to create the greatest impact. We must ask ourselves: are we committed to doing the most good we can? Solomon says in Ecclesiastes chapter 11, “Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie.”
Our human portfolio must be diversified because we never know what disaster might come. We must not hesitate to take all of the ground we can. Those who create the future understand what we consume is what will come out of our lives. If we want to exhale courage, we have to inhale it consistently. Love makes us strong, hope makes us resilient and hope transforms our lives. What are we full of right now? We must remember the people who change the world are the ones who decide where and how they will leave their mark.
“The future awaits those with the courage to create it.”
“The Future Belongs To The Bold” message given by Erwin McManus at Mosaic Hollywood.
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