Summary: The main idea shared here is "don't go overboard about things you'd throw overboard." The message looks at how often only a life-threatening situation can cause us to let loose of our possessions.
MAN OVERBOARD: Don’t go overboard about things you’d throw overboard.
- Jonah 1:5.
- This trip was undertaken for financial reasons. They didn’t just set sail because they wanted to see the ocean for a while. They did it because there was money to be made. They didn’t take Jonah on out of the goodness of their hearts – he was a paying customer.
- Yet when the storm rose and their lives were on the line, they didn’t hesitate to throw all that cargo overboard. They knew that the financial loss was a small price in comparison to losing their lives.
- The cargo was so valuable when they left port, but it ended up at the bottom of the ocean.
- We “go overboard” when it comes to our possessions.
- Yet faced with a threat to our lives in the same way the sailors faced, we would gladly throw our possessions “overboard” if it would save us.
- If you asked the man facing cancer if he would give up all he owned in exchange for being cancer-free, I bet most wouldn’t hesitate to make the trade.
- Yet we treat our possessions like they’re the most important things ever. We go overboard about all our stuff.
HOLDING BACK: We say they’re “only things,” but you have to pry them from our hands.
- Going back to the cancer analogy for a moment, we acknowledge that we would gladly do that if faced with the loss of our lives, yet we probably wouldn’t do it for much less than that.
- We’re going to talk more about the rich young man in Mark 10 here in a moment, but for right now just note one thing: Jonah’s crew was willing to throw their possessions overboard; the rich young man was not. Why? Because Jonah’s crew felt their lives were on the line; the rich young man did not.
- In truth, in many significant ways, the young man’s spiritual life was on the line, but that wasn’t enough.
- Harper’s Index reported in May 1998 that a Maryland man had, in order to win a motorboat in a contest, spent 59 consecutive hours kissing a boat.
- It would be easy to make fun of a man spending 59 hours in such an embarrassingly materialistic way, if it weren’t that so many of us spend our whole lives in such an embarrassingly materialistic way.
- By one reckoning, more Americans make it to the mall on an average week than make it to church.
- We will freely acknowledge that money can buy. . .
- A bed, but not sleep.
- Books, but not wisdom.
- Food, but not an appetite.
- Make-up, but not beauty.
- Medicine, but not health.
- Religion, but not salvation.
- Back in 1999, I was the fourth car in a five-car pile-up on I-64 coming into Charleston. My car was totaled, but I was blessed to walk away unhurt. When I got myself together afterward, I got out of the car and saw that the woman in the car behind me was weeping. I thought, “She must be really hurt.” She wasn’t. She was weeping because her car was brand-new – she had just picked it up the previous day in Lexington. She was weeping! Now, I liked my Mazda 626, but my car and her car were hunks of metal and it seems a little much to weep over a hunk of metal.