Summary: This is a sermon on what we as christians are called to do.
A Disciple’s Call
How many of us really understand what it means for us to be disciples for Christ? Every person who has ever called on Jesus to be his or her Lord and Savior is a disciple of Christ. And since we are disciples each one of us has rolls and positions in the body of Christ. Not a single person who has Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior has been called not to serve Him. He has called no one to be pew warmers. He has called no one to be none workers in His kingdom. What makes anyone think that Jesus only stopped at us? Jesus wants us to get off our rear ends and go out and share what He has done and is doing for us. If we never try we can never succeed. Sylvester Stallone has worked hard his entire life to get things in balance.
As a child, Stallone was a loner and emotionally tormented. He changed schools numerous times. While at Drexel University, after a vocational test, he was told that his future calling was as an elevator repairman. His father frequently beat him up, telling him he was no good and suggesting that he develop his body because he didn’t have any brains--a line he later used in Rocky.
When he decided to make a career out of acting, his life was a mess in just about every possible area. He had financial and emotional problems, as well as others. When he first started acting, it was one failure after another. But he continued to work hard.
Years later, he was quoted in a magazine article. “If I’d succeeded right away as an actor, I would never have tried writing. Eventually writing became more important to me than acting. You see, success is usually the result of being able to control your failures. Through my many failures I found ways to reverse my problems and get into the Hollywood mainstream. If I’d made it right away, I would have stopped at a certain level and stayed there, probably as a character actor.”
Over a period of years, Stallone learned how to balance the emotional, physical, and mental aspects of his life. Then one night he watched Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner and heard the thrill of the crowd as they watched the underdog go the distance. Deeply inspired, he wrote the script for Rocky in only three and a half days. He then told producers that the script was for sale only with him in the lead role. Most producers turned him down. The rest is history. Rocky grossed more than $200 million.
Mt 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few.
Mt 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest.
The harvest is abundant but the workers are few. Those workers are me and you and every brother and sister in Christ that is alive at this moment. There are a lot of workers but not all of us are doing our part. Oh we have plenty of excuses as to why we can’t work for The Kingdom of God. Oh my job doesn’t allow men the time to do that. You mean that your life at work can’t be a silent witness for Jesus Christ and what he is doing for you? You can’t share Jesus Christ with your co-workers and business associates? If you company is completely hostile to Christ then it may be time to locate a new job. We are to live every moment of our life for Jesus and nothing else. The kids, work, keeping house and everything else that keeps us to busy to serve our Lord and Savior is just that excuses we have developed to justify our failure to serve Jesus Christ. We make the time in our busy schedules to go to the kid’s ball games, practice, meeting, and our favorite T.V. shows. What is important to us is what we make the time to do. That hurts but it is the simple truth. We can find the time to do everything else but when it comes to serving God we can’t seem to find the time to do that.