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Summary: Excuses Christians Use For Refusing to Serve the Lord

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“…But, I Don’t Do Windows!”

Luke 9:57-62

Introduction

Ø OCCUPATIONAL HYMNS

~ Astronaut: "Nearer My God, To Thee"

~ Builder: "How Firm A Foundation" and "The Church’s One Foundation"

~ Civil Engineer: "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross"

~ Dentist: "Crown Him With Many Crowns"

~ Electrician: "O Joyful Light" and "Send The Light"

~ Fisherman: "Shall We Gather At The River?"

~ Gossiper: "Oh, For A Thousand Tongues"

~ Historian: "Tell Me The Old, Old Story"

~ IRS: "All To Thee (I Owe)"

~ Lifeguard: "Wade in The Water"

~ Mountain Climber: "The Rock That Is Higher Than I"

~ Newlywed: "I Need Thee Every Hour"

~ Obstetrician: "He Is Able To Deliver Thee"

~ Politician: "Standing On The Promises"

~ Real Estate Agent: "I’ve Got A Mansion"

~ Shopper: "Sweet By And By"

~ Stonecutter: "Rock Of Ages"

~ Tailor: "Holy, Holy, Holy"

~ Weatherman: "There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings"

Ø I am reminded of the witty line that a Senior Pastor used on me when he mentioned I was about to receive a pay raise. He said, "Now remember, this pay increase becomes effective as soon as you do!"

Ø The word ‘do’ and its derivatives is used 26 times in the book of James and more than 1,100 times in the New Testament.

Ø As a people who are commanded not only to know, but to ‘do’, are we like guilty of telling Jesus “I don’t do windows”?

I. Committed, but comfortable, 57-58

A. His commitment was only seen in what he said, 57

- Mt. 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

B. His true commitment was since in what he did, 58

1. James 2:14-20

2. James 2:26

II. Committed, but preoccupied, 59-60

A. Notice that Christ commanded him to the work, 59a

B. Notice his respect in defying Christ command, 59b

C. Notice his excuse in disobeying Christ command, 59c

D. Notice Christ response to his excuse, 60

III. Committed, but Klan destined, 61-62

A. He said “It’s ‘Lord, until its ‘Family’”, 61

B. Jesus said, “It’s Me or it’s them. You Choose”

1. Luke 14:26-27

2. Matt. 10:36-37

Conclusion:

Ø Did any of these individuals ‘do windows’? No!

Ø How can we tell…

1. The first man volunteered, as long as he could stay in his comfort zone

2. The second man was called, but to busy to answer

3. The third man said he was committed, but his family came first

Ø No of these men were what they said they were. In other words, they were hypocrites

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