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Summary: God desires that we continue to move closer to Him in our race toward heaven.

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February 4, 2007

Morning Worship

Text: Matthew 19:16-22; Ephesians 3:14-20

Subject: Living for Jesus

Title: Rising Above Spiritual Mediocrity

This guy sees a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog for Sale."

He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a black mutt just sitting there. "You talk?" he asks.

"Yep," the mutt replies.

"So, what’s your story?"

The mutt looks up and says, "Well, I discovered this gift pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running. The jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger and I wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings there and was awarded a batch of medals. Had a wife, a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. The owner says, "Ten dollars."

The guy says, "This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him, so cheap?"

The owner replies, "He’s such a liar. He didn’t do any of that stuff."

One of the things that I really enjoyed in high school was geometry class. I loved to do proofs and try to logically show why a problem was right or wrong. I think that has influenced the way I preach because I like to logically show by the scriptures that what I am saying is accurate. Now with that being said, did you know that eighty-five percent of Americans consider themselves to be Christian? The Bible says that Christians are known by the fruit they produce. Now, following a line of logic along that route, if eighty-five percent are Christian then our society should be moving in a direction where things are becoming gradually more Christianized. All you have to do is look around to see that it’s not so. So from a logical standpoint we can only assume that either the statistic is wrong or that some of who call themselves Christian are not really Christian. You can be the judge, but I would venture to say that there are some who call themselves Christian because they go to church or have once made a profession of Christ. For the former, sorry- it doesn’t work that way. For the latter - there is hope for you yet, because God does not intend for you to live out your Christian walk without producing fruit.

We don’t have to be like the talking dog who kind of misses the point of the miraculous by telling lies. As we look at the scriptures today I want to share a story of a young man who was never going to live up to what God had called him to, and then I want to show you how you can live a life pleasing to God.

God expects you to rise above spiritual mediocrity.


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