Finding Yourself In An Ever-Changing World

Finding Yourself In An Ever-Changing World

Deacon Chengji - 3 September 2023

Finding Yourself In An Ever-Changing World

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Matthew 16:26: What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

 

An endless search for the true self

 

Who am I?

  • Who we are currently?
  • Who we desire to be?
  • Who we are to others?

Who God created us to be?

  • Created in the image of God
  • Created for eternity

Ecclesiastes 3:11- He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.

  • Created to love

 

Signposts to find ourselves

18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’- Luke 15:18-19

24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ – Luke 15:24

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” –Luke 15:31-32

  • Sin is separation from God
  • Love of the father is greater than we imagine
  • Our true self is to live in the will of the Father

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” – Luke 15:25-31

 

The bible and the way home

Why we search?

  • This world is not what it was meant to be and we are not we were meant to be.
  • “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”- C.S. Lewis

How will the search end?

  • Our loving God has come to make us new and bring us home
  • “Our heart is restless until it rests in you.” -St Augustine

 

Home- Known and Loved

Deacon Chengji
Deacon Chengji
c.chengji@gmail.com

Deacon Chengji is currently studying at Singapore Bible College. He joined The Life Church and Missions (Singapore) as a ministry staff in 2013. He is married to Preacher Huijun.

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