Summary: For what will you give your life? Ex.of Eric Liddell, Jim Elliot. Abram:Overcomng fear of uncertainty; Moses: Overcoming fear of inadequacy; David: Overcoming fear of difficulty. "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose!"
Title: “He is no fool….make a decision”
Purpose: We don't have to be paralyzed by fear
Introduction (Are there some things worth fighting for?) (For what will you give your life?)
b. Good grades
c. Good health
d. Family values
e. Religious liberty
His name is Eric Liddell: Known as the “Flying Scotsman” (1)
• Born in 1902
• Son of Scottish missionary parents serving in China
• Eric’s story is chronicled in the award winning film “Chariots of Fire”
• He was an outstanding sportsman, eventually selected to run in the 1924 Paris Olympiad
• Liddell was a committed Christian and refused to run on Sunday (the Sabbath), with the consequence that he was forced to withdraw from the 100 meters race, his best event.
• He ended up running in the 400 meters race something that he had limited time for which to train. Even so, his success in the 400m was largely unexpected.
• The day of 400 meters race came, and as Liddell went to the starting blocks, an American masseur slipped a piece of paper in his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30 (quickview) , "Those who honor me I will honor."
• Liddell ran with that piece of paper in his hand. He not only won the race, but broke the existing world record with a time of 47.6
• Eventually Eric would return to China as a missionary, during some very dangerous times to serve the Lord.
• He was eventually taken to a prison camp, and later died.
• And the reports said, that “All of Scotland mourned”
He was granted an opportunity to make a decision that honored God.
Quote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” (Jim Elliot)
Today I want to talk to you about making a decision. Things worth fighting for.
My father in law told me when I was just newly married, “In life, you have to make a decision. It might be the wrong one, but at least you’ve made a decision from which you can learn.”
Question: What keeps you and me from making decisions?
Answer: Usually its fear
Whole industry geared to fear, especially on television
• Fear Factor
• Scare Tactics to name a few
Question: How do you handle fear?
1. Sometimes we try to hid it by burying ourselves in our work, or study or relationships
2. Sometimes we’ll avoid the situations altogether
3. Sometime we will even deny that we are fearful
But in reality, fear does exist. It can be a healthy fear that keeps us safe in dangerous situations and forces us to be alert. But fear can also be paralyzing.
Question: What are most people afraid of?
1. Public speaking 3. Heights
2. Spiders 4. Transitions or changes in life
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline….For I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.”