Summary: Developing a commitment to God that never stands still.
Did you ever play the game FREEZE TAG?
I used to play this game all the time as a kid … the object is to FREEZE everyone until the entire opposing team is FROZEN!
Now, I have to admit I CHEATED from time to time … c’mon anyone else with me on that one … we so wanted to win that we changed the rules …
Well, here’s the deal – life is kind of like this game of FREEZE TAG … we have our team (Christ’s follower’s) and the opposing team (the Devil’s morons) … and the moron’s are trying to FREEZE every believer.
FREEZE (def) – incapable of being changed or moved; not available for present use.
That’s the mission of our opposing team …
Anybody remember Dr. Freeze? I am a Batman FREAK … Dr. Freeze’s greatest weapon was putting people in a FROZEN or Cryogenic state …
86% of teenagers who attend a non-Christian colleges lose faith before graduation (George Barna).
Why? Because they have been FROZEN … their spiritual life halted … held in some Cryogenic state …
My hope for every graduate here … and every family member or friend … is that we never become FROZEN in our spiritual journey.
Moses in Exodus 3 comes face to face with a burning bush that was not being consumed … that really did not bother him … that’s kind of weird.
A few moments later the Bush carries on a conversation with Moses … that really did not bother him either … that’s even stranger …
Then the Bush says, “I am the God of your Father.”
All of a sudden … MOSES FREEZES!
He is experiencing one of the greatest spiritual moments of his life … and what happens … he freezes …
There were really only 2 options for Moses …
• Stay Frozen
• Move Forward
You see, Moses could have stayed in his FROZEN state … yeah he made some excuses in that Moses Moment, but he chose to move forward … he refused to STAY FROZEN.
There have also been some great people of our society that refused to be FROZEN by opinions and they MOVED FORWARD …
• "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
• "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
• "This ’telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." - Western Union internal memo, 1876.
• "We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
• "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." - Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
• "Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
• "X-rays will prove to be a hoax" Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1893.
• "Unworthy of the attention of practical and scientific men" – British Parliamentary Committee report on Thomas Edison’s electric light bulb.
Wow … I am so glad these GUYS moved forward!
Jesus also had some Moses Moments … he could have FROZE, but not Jesus … he chose to always MOVE FORWARD … no matter what life threw at him … he always moved forward!
Jesus’ life … According to John …
• Called the disciples (1)
• Changed water into wine (2)
• Clears the temple (2)
• Heals a man that could not move for 38 years (5)
• Jewish leaders persecute him (5:16,17)
• Feeds 5,000 (6)
• Walks on water (6)
• His own disciples desert him (6)
• Demon possessed man is set free (6)
• People try to kill him (8)
• Heals a blind man (9)
• Raises Lazarus from the dead (11)
• More plots to kill Jesus (11:45)
• Teaches great biblical truths (12)
• Empowers his disciples by washing their feet (13)
• Hated by the world (15)
• Intense times of prayer (17)
• Betrayed by a friend (18)
• Denied by a close friend (18)
• Killed (19)
• Resurrected from the dead (20)
• Inspires his followers again (21)
What if Jesus FROZE? What if Jesus gave up and said, “The cost is too great.”
Not Jesus … he continued to MOVE FORWARD! He did not stop because he knew his life mission – “… to seek and save those who are lost …”
Life Principle: Something set on FIRE can never FREEZE!
Honor God in your speech, thoughts, and actions! Live life with a burning passion for God!
REMEMBER: Nothing is ever fun if you do it halfway!
You only have one life to live … use it well …