Sermon Title: The Three Blessed eyesights (perspectives)

Text: 1 Timothy 1:15-17

Rev. KyuSeop Shim

 

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

-1 Timothy 1:15-17

 

    There was a shoes company that wanted to find out if they can extend their market to Africa. So they sent workers to Africa to find out if they can sell shoes to native people there. Those who visited the country returned and reported. One of the workers said, “There is no one who wears shoes in that country, so it’s impossible to sell our products to anyone there.” The other worker said, “No one was wearing shoes there, so if we sell shoes, everyone will buy them! It will be a huge success!” When there is water in a cup, one might say, “Oh, There’s only half way filled water.” The other might say, “Wow, there’s water that about halfway filled.” The first one has a positive mindset but the latter one has a negative mindset.

 

     What kind of perspectives do we have in our lives? For a man to change, one must change the way he or she thinks. We are the people who believe in Jesus. Jesus is our Lord and God. Do you believe that we are forgiven and saved from all sin? Then, we must change the way we think. We have to shift our paradigm from self-centered mindset to God-centered life. Today, I want to share with you three perspectives the Bible teaches us.

 

1. God of sovereignty (Eyesight of sovereignty)

 

     We need to interpret everything from the perspective of God who sovereigns the world around us. When you pay attention to God’s interest, your life will change. What is the kingdom of God? It’s a place where God reigns. We also should acknowledge that God is the ruler of all nations and above all kings. This is why once we believe in Christ, we must look at the world through the lenses of God’s perspective who sovereigns the world. He is in control of everything so everything we do, and our values should be centered toward Him. The reason we face problems sometimes in our lives is because of our wrong values, point of view. If you start looking our circumstance according to God’s perspective, problems will be solved. When God sovereigns, there is a presence of God. For example, when you are education your children, there is going to be a time you feel like no matter how hard you try, you just can’t do everything for your child. We need to acknowledge that God’s the one who is in control of your life and your child’s life, so put it down and depend on Him. If you don’t understand this concept, you will keep being stubborn and try to force to raise your child in your way and it won't work. This is why we do our best when we raise and educate our children, but more importantly, leave it up God and keep encouraging and praying for your kids. We need to raise our kids according to God’s way and his perspective. God works very diligently. When you look around and look at things according to His way, you will realize that problems are not that a big of a deal. For us to have God’s perspective, acknowledge God’s sovereignty, and live in presence of God, the most important thing is to pray. Before we worry, become negative, and criticize, let us pray. Let us come before God and pray.

 

23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:

26 “‘Go to this people and say,
“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
27 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

28 “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”-Acts 28:23-28

 

     Apostle Paul proclaims that God’s kingdom is here but there were people who were willing to listen and receive the word of God while there were others who did not. Before we see things through God’s perspective, we won’t know and learn the truth. Let us kneel down, pray and ask Him for help. Guarding our heart is the most important thing. When God is the center of our lives, nothing can intervene us. When we kneel down before God and pray, He will reign over heart, lives, and everything around us. Let us have God’s perspective. And if we truly believe in Jesus, we must live by the Word and what it teaches us. Then, we will be able to be transformed. When we say we believe in God and keep holding the same worldly values, we will go back to our old self. We must change the way we think and the way we live.

 

2. Eyesight of eternity

 

     We must have a perspective of eternity. There is a difference between current perspective and perspective of eternal times. If we only look at current times, there is no hope and things are unstable. Young people waste their time and lives. Not many are eager to learn. Many fight, argue, and have conflict with others. We compare what we don’t have with others and stay dissatisfied. Because we don’t think about our lives after death and eternity, we keep comparing our current lives with other people. When we have perspective on eternity, it's not that important whether we have a lot or not, whether we are tall or short, or have a healthy and good skin or not. Do you want to live abundant life? Then, look through God’s lenses of eternity.

12  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses

 

1But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.-vv16-17

 

     When we look at the world through the lenses of eternity, what must we fight against? Was there a tough time last week? But when you look back, if you have God’s perspective on eternity, does that matter a lot? Remember what Jesus said? He said, “if someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other cheek.” When someone tells you to give you underclothes, give him your outwear as well. Once you have this kind of perspective, many problems in our lives will be resolved. Where does problems begin? It starts when we only focus on our worldly values and look at problems in our lives with current perspective based on our temporary lives. But when we have eternal perspective, we will all live abundant lives. When Jesus was dying on the cross, he said, Father forgives them.” This is a perspective of eternal life. Stephen learned this. When we care for eternal life, we will see the power of God. A psychiatrist said that the biggest problem for people in this period is that they are anxious and worried. Why do we have anxiety? It’s because we lost our perspective and belief on eternal life.

 

3. Eyesight of a sinner

 

    When we look at the world with a perspective of a sinner, you will see things differently. You will start seeing things that you could not see before. And you will start accepting things that you could not accept before. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.-1 Timothy 1:15 Before Paul came to this realization, he confessed that Jesus Christ came to the world to save him, the worst of all sinners. We are sinners just like he is. But Jesus saves us. And because of him, we are forgiven and healed. Where does lots of problems occur? Problems occur because we are prideful and think we are righteous. We must acknowledge that we are sinners and without Christ, we are nothing.

 

     16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.-1 Timothy 16-17. When we stand before God with a perspective as a sinner, you will see the grace of God. Having a viewpoint as a sinner does not mean feeling guilty. But it means understand the truth, the fact that Jesus came to the earth to save all sinners including us. Let us not be afraid of this. When we look through this perspective, do you think you will see all the sins others have committed? No, that’s not our purpose or intention. The reason we see other’s sins more than we see ours, is because we think we are upright and righteous without a sin. Let us not focus on other people’s flaws or the mistake they made. Let us not criticize others. Instead of that, let us focus on God and His wonderful grace. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.-1 Timothy 17 This is Paul’s statement. He is not bound to guilty feelings. Instead, he sees glory of God and give honor and praise to Him. Hallelujah. Pastor Rick Warren, an author of Purpose driven life said this during the interview. A reporter asked a question, “Pastor Warren, do you think gays are sinners?” He answered, “Yes, they are sinners, but we are no different from them for we are sinners as well.” When we see the world through the perspective of a sinner, we will be more acceptable of others’ wrongdoings. Through this we can change. And when we accept others and forgive others, we will be forgiven as well. What kind of perspective should we have to have an abundant life? We must live with joy of salvation and new life that has been given to us. Confess that we are sinners. Acknowledge that we are forgiven by the grace of God. Therefore, we have eternal life in Him. God is God of sovereignty. When we own these perspectives on God of sovereignty, eternity, and sinner, we will cherish abundant life in Christ and see our lives beautifully. I pray that all of us enjoy this blessing. Amen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sermon Summary

 

Sermon Title: Three Blessed perspectives   Text: 1 Timothy 1:15-17

Rev. KyuSeop Shim

 

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

-1 Timothy 1:15-17

 

1. A perspective of God of sovereignty(16-17)

 

   When God is the center of our lives, nothing can intervene us. When we kneel down before God and pray, He will reign over heart, lives, and everything around us. Let us have God’s perspective. And if we truly believe in Jesus, we must live by the Word and what it teaches us. Then, we will be able to be transformed. When we say we believe in God and keep holding the same worldly values, we will go back to our old self. We must change the way

we think and the way we live.

 

2. A perspective of eternity (eternal life vs. our temporary life)(16-17; 6:12)

 

   We must have a perspective of eternity. There is a difference between current perspective and perspective of eternal times. If we only look at current times, there is no hope and things are unstable. Young people waste their time and lives. Not many are eager to learn. Many fight, argue, and have conflict with others. We compare what we don’t have with others and stay dissatisfied. Because we don’t think about our lives after death and eternity, we keep comparing our current lives with other people. When we have perspective on eternity, it's not that important whether we have a lot or not, whether we are tall or short, or have a healthy and good skin or not. Do you want to live abundant life? Then, look through God’s lenses of eternity.

 

3. A perspective of a sinner(15-16)

 

 

*Paul confesses that He is a sinner, give thanks for the Grace of God and give honor and glory to God.

 

   What kind of perspective should we have to have an abundant life? We must live with joy of salvation and new life that has been given to us. Confess that we are sinners. Acknowledge that we are forgiven by the grace of God. Therefore, we have eternal life in Him. God is God of sovereignty. When we own these perspectives on God of sovereignty, eternity, and sinner, we will cherish abundant life in Christ and see our lives beautifully. I pray that all of us enjoy this blessing. Amen.