Here's an introductory summary of what we talked about:
Truth is, we all have addictions. Some of us are addicted to procrastination. For others it might be pessimism or anger or gossip or lust or porn or food or hatred or judgementalism or drugs or video games or money or myspace or __________. But no matter what our addiction we know at least 3 things about it:
1. They are habits that we recognize as unwanted, but are hard to change.
2. They do not change until we humbly come to grips with the truth that they are a controlling problem and that we are totally done with continuing in them.
3. They not only hurt us, but they hurt others too.
... that last one is a doozy. We like to believe that our problems are just that... OURS and they don’t affect others. Problem is... it’s not true. Our decisions- both good and bad- impact those around us.... Today we’re going to examine how and what we should do about those downstream from our poor choices.
THESE THOUGHTS RUN PARALLEL TO STEPS 7 AND 8 OF THE 12 STEPS TO RECOVERY:
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
FROM THERE, WE LOOK AT THE STORY OF ZACCHAEUS IN LUKE 19:1-10. WE GAVE SOME BACKGROUND INTO WHY THE ROLE OF CHIEF TAX COLLECTOR WAS SO HATED AND HOW IT IS THAT ZACCHAEUS GOT TO BE SO WEALTHY, THEN WE MADE THESE OBSERVATIONS ABOUT ZACCHEUS:
- He wants to be with Jesus
- He intentionally makes a move towards Jesus.
- He responds immediately to Jesus’ words.
- Neither his response, nor the response of Jesus is popular with the society around them.
- Examine myself first. (matt 7:1-5)
- Humbly confess my own failures. (James 4:6-10)
AFTER WORSHIP, WE MADE THESE TWO OBSERVATIONS:
When I become aware of my own sin I need to:
- Seek to fix relationships I've wounded with my own sin. Here we noted that Zacchaeus does what is physically necessary to reflect his inner spiritual change. (Rom 12:16-18, Matt 5:23-24)
- Forgive those who have hurt me. Here we noted that Jesus responded to Zacchaeus by giving what is spiritually necessary in response to his physical life change. (Matt 6:14-15)