Summary: God knows He place a call into you; And you know you received a call from Him .
We all have smart phones, we use them for texting, taking pictures , then posting those pictures , we use them for and Google maps for directions .
But one of the last things we use our phones for is actually making a call and actually speaking to each other .
Literally people get annoyed when they receive a call, It’s like I’m not taking this call .REJECT
BUT after the call there is always , proof I called you .
I don’t need to leave a message, it’s right there on your screen Carl , Missed call from Pastor Mike.
You ever exchange numbers with someone and they hand you their phone and say put your number in my phone for me? For some reason I get that a lot.
I used to put my number in and then for the contact name Pastor Mike.
Now I do something different when people hand me their phone I put in different title, so when I call it reads Mr. Cool.
So when you look at your phone missed call from Mr. Cool,
Matthew 22: 14“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The point is that everyone receives a call but are in the habit of rejecting it
God knows He place a call into you; And you know you received a call from Him .
This is an important call; it’s about your extended warranty,
But this time instead of it being about your car, it’s about on your soul .
And just like all those robbo calls people hit reject reject reject reject .
I mean this is the mind set right why would I need a warranty when my car is running just fine.
And this translates today about Jesus , Why would I need Jesus when I am getting by just fine?
But here’s the catch , you can’t get a warranty when your transmission leaves you stranded on the side of the road stranded , or worse yet when your car dies it’s just too late
Luke 14:16But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ 18“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.’ 19“Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ 20“Another one said, ‘I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’ 21“And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22“And the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23“And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24‘For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.’”
As you can see there are a lot of reasons why people hit reject and even today people have a million and one excuses.
But the number 1 excuse people reject God is…
This sounds like Letterman’s top 10
The number one excuse people don’t answer God’s call is that you didn’t think the call is for you
And you are partially correct ---tell them what they won
it’s not for the Old you , or even for the WHO you are right now
You see you are not called for who you are; you are called for you will become .
You see the Bible never teaches that He is going to improve you, or make a better you a better person or the best version of you
It teaches that you will become a NEW person.
Ephesians 4:20But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
You know there was this time in history of our great country , oh about two generations ago when kids did the unthinkable, they played outside .