Summary: ABout running from God & how God won’t let us go.
If you were God & were Picking leading Roles for the Bible Stories – Who Would You Pick? What would they Look Like?
Pretty people...Together...Going the right direction...
Sinners? Drunks? Murderers? Thieves? Prostitutes? Rebels? Nobodies?
What would you use as a Sign to get their attention? To let them know they were called?
What if I Told you of a man or a woman – That had a call on their life...Raised in lots of money...Got Older & killed someone...ON the run...40 years...
One day, they show up & Declare "God has called me into Ministry!"
What if – YOU had a friend that had a child...You see them years later & ask "What happened to Bob?..." – "Oh, he killed someone & has never been heard from since"...Then you hear - "Bob’s back into town – says he’s had an encounter w/God...Starting a Church...etc..."
Would that be HARD to Accept?
About You – Can’t see it?
About God – Doesn’t make Sense?
I Think We would struggle with the part that - God keeps Speaking to us
IN SPITE OF WHO WE ARE & WHERE WE’VE BEEN & WHAT WE’VE DONE & WHO WE KNOW...
I THINK we Keep missing the Obvious Parts Of Life –
That Life Doesn’t Work without God
That Life is meant to be in relationship to him
That sin messes you up
That Habits form a life
Several years Ago – Country Song "Here’s Your Sign"
About People A Little Slow – Kings/Queens of the Obvious"
They Went Like this
Before my wife and I moved. Our house was full of boxes and there was a U-Haul truck in our driveway. My friend comes over and says, "Hey, you moving?" "Nope. We just pack our stuff up once or twice a week to see how many boxes it takes. Here’s your sign."
A couple of months ago I went fishing with a buddy of mine, we pulled his boat into the dock, I lifted up this big ’ol stringer of bass and someone on the dock goes, "Hey, y’all catch all them fish?" "Nope - Talked ’em into giving up. Here’s your sign."
I was watching one of those animal shows on the Discovery Channel. There was a person inventing a shark bite suit. And there’s only one way to test it. "All right Jimmy, you got that shark suit on, it looks good...They want you to jump into this pool of sharks, and you tell us if it hurts when they bite you." "Well, all right, but hold my sign. I don’t wanna lose it."
Last time I had a flat tire, I pulled my truck into one of those side-of-the-road gas stations. The attendant walks out, looks at my truck, looks at me, and said, "Tire go flat?" I couldn’t resist. I said, "Nope. I was driving around and those other three just swelled right up on me. Here’s your sign."
We were trying to sell our car about a year ago. A person came over to the house and drove the car around for about 45 minutes. We get back to the house, he gets out of the car, reaches down and grabs the exhaust pipe, then goes, "Man that’s hot!" See?
If he’d been wearing his sign, I could have stopped him.
I learned to drive an 18-wheeler in my days of adventure. Wouldn’t ya know I misjudged the height of a bridge. The truck got stuck and I couldn’t get it out no matter how I tried. I radioed in for help and eventually a local cop shows up to take the report. He went through his basic questioning. No problem. I thought for sure he was clear of needing a sign... until he says "So.. Is your truck stuck?" I couldn’t help myself! I looked at him, looked back at the rig, then back to him and said, "No I’m delivering a bridge ...Here’s your sign!"