“Glory” is the follow up Bible Study to the “Game Changer” series. We’re now sifting through the book of Ezekiel to find what true glory looks like as seen through the scriptures.
Never Make Them See You Sweat!
The world thinks we stink. And we do.
Illustration: Football locker.
In August, your shoulder pads, socks, cleats, they make your locker smell like a sewer. But by October you don’t even notice.
>When it comes to people and religion, too often we stink and we don’t even know it.
Ezekiel 44:17-18 Don’t wear anything that causes you to sweat.
? Why would a priest, why would anyone!, want to wear something itchy and sweaty, like wool, in the heat of the middle eastern sun?!
> We want to have others see us sweat.
“I’m just so tired of reading my Bible.
Oh my knees hurt from praying so much.
Oh I don’t know what my church would do without me, I just am so important!
Do you see how we make ourselves smell like sweaty old socks?
2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be to God, who through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ
Illustration: Bottle of sweat
Every time we try to appeal by our effort and sweat, it’s like taking a bottle of perfume, emptying it out, and refilling it with your stinky old sweat.
Walk, Our aroma to God
John 6:28-29 NKJV 28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
We like to work. Religion has …
8 fold path to enlightenment in Buddhism
right speech, right conduct, right concentration, etc
5 pillars of Islam (pray, give, Fast at Ramadan, Travel to Mecca)
[Col 2:6 NKJV] 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
Mat 11: 28 “Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light.”
Witness, our aroma to man
Deut 11: In the land I am bringing you out of Egypt, you will no longer work the ground with your feet. I will open up the heavens and water it instead. You just focus Love the Lord your God, and obey His commands.
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,…
>Not the fruit of sweat.
Minister to them vs Minister to Me.
Ez 44:10-11, 15-16
Mary vs Martha
Read Luke 10:38-42
>Martha’s eyes were on Mary, and on herself. But not on the Lord. Mary saw Jesus alone.
Martha couldn’t worship because her eyes weren’t on the Lord.