Too much sanity might be madness.
OCTOBER 5, 2020
Zach Van Dyke:
Too much sanity might be madness. Let’s talk about it on Key Life.
This is Key Life here to communicate the freeing truth that God’s not mad at his children. Steve Brown invited Zach Van Dyke to teach this week. Zach’s the teaching pastor at Summit Church here in Orlando, Florida. If you’re a struggling believer, you’ve come to the right place.
Zach Van Dyke:
Well thank you Matthew. And thank you all for tuning in today on Key Life. You know that it’s not Steve, I’m not Steve, Steve Brown is taking the week off. And so about once a month, I get to come in and fill in for him. And I’m always so thankful and excited to do so. So thank you for tuning in, even when Steve’s gone, he will be back on Friday with Pete Alwinson for Q &A. So again, if you have questions. You should send them in to Key Life. They love, Steve and Pete love to answer your questions. Okay. So I was thinking, what do I, what do we talk about this week? I got, I got a few days with you. What should we talk about? And I found myself really this year. I mean, so much has happened in this year. Right? I mean, it’s been, it has to have been one of the craziest years in a long, long time. And so much has been disrupted and so much has changed. And with all of the things that are happening, I’ve found myself going back to the book of Genesis and spending a lot of time in Genesis. Cause in some ways it feels like, we’re restarting a lot of things. We’re getting to have a kind of a fresh start in a lot of areas in our life. And so it seemed fitting to go back to the very first book of the Bible to go back to the beginning. As we look at what it looks like for us to reengage and things that have been put on hold for a while this year. And so, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in Genesis and I thought, well that maybe we’ll talk about that this week. Maybe we’ll talk about, kind of our purpose. Like why, why did God create us? What are we here for? How do we know what we’re supposed to be doing? And you know, as I was thinking about that, I started thinking about the musical. I know, some of you think musicals are lame and as some of you think it makes no sense for people to just burst out into song in the middle of a street or in the middle of a situation. But not me. You know, I think, I think we were designed to be in a musical. And so stick with me this week and we’re going to talk about that. One of my all time, favorite musicals is Man of La Mancha. If you haven’t seen the movie or if you’ve never seen the musical, it’s worth, it’s worth seeing. But let me tell you a little bit about the story. You’ve got this man, Miguel de Cervantes, who is in prison and he’s waiting for trial under the Spanish inquisition. And while he’s in prison, he begins to tell the other prisoners the story of Don Quixote. Well, actually, it’s the story of an old country squire by the name of Alonso Quijano, who believes he is a valiant knight, a valiant knight by the name of Don Quixote. Some would say that he’s a crazy old man, but others would say he just sees things differently than most. When he comes upon a windmill, he saw a giant that needed slaying. When he came, came upon a dilapidated inn, he saw a regal castle. When he met the kitchen maid and prostitute Aldonza, he saw the most fair maiden named Dulcinea a woman and he would lay down his life for, in fact when he sees her, he sings no Dulcinea, Dulcinea. All right. y’all Jeremy, who is in the little glass booth is an actual musician and singer. And I think he just walked out. I think, I think he just left, but you get my point. This man sees things so differently than everyone else. But there’s this great speech at the very end of act one, where Miguel de Cervantes defends the character, Alonso Quijano by making the case that in fact, he’s not crazy at all. Listen to this speech. He says I have lived nearly 50 years and I have seen life as it is, pain, misery, hunger, cruelty beyond belief. I have heard the singing from taverns and the moans from bundles of filth on the streets. I have been a soldier and seen my comrades fall in battle. I’ve held them in my arms and at the final moment, these men who saw life as it is, died despairing. No glory, no gallant last words, only their eyes filled with confusion, whimpering the question, why? I do not think they asked why they were dying, but why they had had lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies. Perhaps to be too practical is madness, to surrender dreams, this may be madness, to seek treasure where there’s only trash. Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, the sea life as it is, and not as it should be. How do you see life? How do you go through this life? How have you gone through 2020 with everything that has happened? How do you see this world? How do you see yourself and others? How you see life and this world and yourself and others affects how you think about what you in fact were put here to do. So this week, that’s what I want to examine. I want to examine what, what is it that we actually were put here to do? What does it look like for us to live in light of, of not just what is, but what should be. Like I said, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Genesis and I really want to focus in this week on Abraham, but before we get to Abraham, let’s us go over to some basic things that we learn from the beginning of our story in Genesis. We know that every one of us is a well-written intentional story authored by the greatest author of all time. And even before time and after time, we have an author who is beyond time. We have an eternal God. And what else do we know about this eternal God, who’s the author of our story. We know that at his core, he’s love, that in fact, before the creation of the world, He existed in a loving triune relationship. God, the Father, God, the Son, God the Holy Spirit have existed for all time, in a loving relationship. So that means out of love, not power came the creation of the world, which means out of love came the creation of you and me. So that means that the core of every one of our stories is love. That means our purpose, what were put here to do is rooted in love. We also know that we’re image bearers of God. That in fact, every single one of us was created in the likeness of our God. So that means we’ve been given tasks that matter. That we’re called to continue to cultivate and create what God started in creation. He created the world and he said, now you go, you go and you develop and you build, and you take part in the flourishing of all of creation, our work matters. But we also know that all the brokenness in the world is the result of us believing a lie. That’s how it all started, remember that serpent shows up in the garden with Adam and Eve. And he looks at them and he says, did God really say you shouldn’t eat from that tree. Do you think God is in fact withholding from you? Does he know that you could be way more than you are? He’s a cosmic kill joy. He doesn’t love you. He doesn’t want what’s best for you. Every sin begins with believing that lie, that God doesn’t love me. And so we know that our purpose now, is to go on mission, to crush the lie, to expose it, to obliterate it, to obliterate, to everyone who believes the lie, that God doesn’t love me, and he cannot be trusted. Wherever we see the lie being spoken or believed, we are called to fight it with the truth of the gospel, which tells us we are loved unconditionally by God who always has our best in mind. And we know that the story ends with the restoration of all things. At the end of Man of La Mancha, Alonso Quijano is dying and you know what? He forgot. He forgot that he ever was Don Quixote, the great invalient knight, but that kitchen maid Aldonza, she comes to his bedside. He doesn’t remember her, so she begins to tell him the story. She says, you spoke to me and everything was different. You looked at me and you called me by another name, Dulcinea. Everything was different for this poor kitchen maid, because a crazy old man called her by another name. Because a crazy old man looked at her and did not just see life as it is, but as it should be. So this week, we’re going to talk about that. We’re going to talk about life as it is, as we look at Abraham. Abraham had to deal with the reality of where he was, but what moved Abraham forward. What gave Abraham purpose in life, was the belief of what should be, was the belief of what will one day be. So you and I, this week can wrestle with, where we find ourselves, what we think about ourselves. But ultimately we know that no matter what we’re experiencing, we have a God who looks at us and calls us by another name, a name that can only come from one who is all about grace.
Thank you Zach. That was pastor Zach Van Dyke taking us all the way back to Genesis, to help us get a little bit of perspective on our purpose. If you enjoyed what Zach brought us today, be sure to join us again tomorrow. Well, as you may know, we have another radio show, it’s a talk radio show, it’s called Steve Brown Etc. And recently on that program, we spoke with one of my favorite authors, John Eldridge, about caring for our souls, about what to do when we feel burned out and empty. I know a lot of us are feeling that lately. That’s why we’d like to send you that whole conversation on CD for free. So, get your dialing finger ready and call us at 1-800-KEY-LIFE. That’s 1-800-539-5433. You can also email Steve@keylife.org and ask for that CD. If you’re mailing us, send your request to
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