Summary: This sermon focuses on God's desire to have our complete devotion. It includes a good story broekn up through the sermon to hold your congregation's attention and illustrates what happens when we try to love God and love the world.
God Expects Us To Choose Him
24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
The title of today's sermon is "God Expects Us To Choose Him".
Unfortunately, there are many people in the churches these days,
who have not made a choice.
They sit in church on Sunday morning claiming they love Jesus...
and spend Monday through Saturday loving things in the world.
Jesus says that won't do!
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon
He says in Matthew 12:30
He who is not with Me is against Me...
Christians must make a choice!
In our Bible text today, Jesus sets forth a choice for us.
" No one can serve two masters"
Today's story is a love story
of a high school student named Bobby.
It happened one Friday night in October.
The year was 1960.
The place was the Rainbow Grill.
Bobby was a freshman in high school.
He was madly in love with a young girl by the name of Kathy.
She was beautiful.
She had long blond hair, blue eyes, and a cute figure.
Bobby's attraction to Kathy had begun
while Bobby and Kathy were in grade school.
Bobby was in the 8th Grade and Kathy was a 7th grader.
Kathy's locker was next to Bobby's in the grade school hallway.
Every morning, she would come to her locker
so Bobby saw her first thing at least once every school day.
Soon, he developed the courage to walk to class with Kathy
and then he developed the courage
to sit with her in the school library.
Finally, Bobby worked up the courage to call her on the phone.
Bobby and Kathy would talk by telephone every night at 7:00.
On Friday nights after ballgames,
they would meet at the Rainbow Grill
and share a cherry coke with two straws.
As they sipped, Bobby and Kathy
would listen to songs on the jukebox.
Her favorite song was "Bobby's Girl."
Their relationship grew and grew into a deep friendship.
More of that story a little later!
Point #1 God wants us to love Him.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
There are a 4 Greek words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē.
The word agape is used in Matthew 22:37
It refers to a "true unconditional love"
rather than the attraction suggested by "eros."
This love is selfless; it gives and expects nothing in return.
Agape is used in 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
It is described there and throughout the New Testament
as sacrificial and spiritual love.
Whether the love given is returned or not,
the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit).
Agape is also used to denote feelings for one's children
and the feelings for a spouse.
It's a love that shows devotion and partiality toward the beloved.
Loving God is
Showing absolute favoritism toward God
above anyone or anything else.
Serving Him as the absolute authority in our lives.
It's an action, not a feeling or emotion.
HOWEVER...If we love :
the world, we will perish with it because 1 John 2:17 says:
"the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever."
If we love material things, they will fail us.
Proverbs 27:24 says:.
"For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations."
But if we love God,
all His promises, all His mercies...
become ours to possess.
So...who...or what...do we love most?
Let's get back to our story about Bobby.
Bobby graduated into high school.
For him, it was a new school and a new hall way
and a new set of locker friends.
Bobby's locker was near a locker used by Susan.
Susan had dark brown hair, big brown eyes,
and she too had a figure that was easy on the eyes.
Even though Bobby was still in love with Kathy,
he could not resist the temptation
to make a special effort to see Susan every morning.
Bobby started walking Susan to class.
It wasn't long before he was sitting with her
in the high school library,
and then calling her every night at 8:00,
since 7:00 was reserved for Bobby's first love, Kathy.
Bobby found himself in a rather complex and delicate situation.
He was trying to juggle the feelings of two girls at one time,