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Get out of Your Way

Jonah: Lessons From a Man who Ran

Pt 3: Get Out of Your Way

Big Idea: To be a part of God’s plan, you have to get out of your way.



God has an unstoppable vision for you to work through you to do something that is bigger than you.

Too high a view of yourself



Your fear? Losing control.



Too low a view of yourself



Your fear? I’m not adequate.



Self becomes more important than anything else



Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Jonah 3:1-10



To be a part of God’s plan, we have to get out of our own way.



Tell God you have been self-obsessed


Say yes to God’s mission for you


God has an unstoppable vision for you to work through you to do something that is bigger than you.