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Summary: We are Christ followers. We are not, Christ fans. Fans sit on the sidelines followers get into are active on the field of play. It is time to get off the sideline. It is time to Seize the Day, Twenty-four Seven!

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A young soldier ....and his commanding officer..... boarded a train ....together.

The only available seats.... were across from an attractive young women .... who was traveling .....with her elderly grandmother.

As they engaged in pleasant conversation, .....the soldier and the young woman..... kept eying one another, ... the attraction was..... obviously mutual.

Suddenly..... the train went into a tunnel .... And the car became .....pitch black.

Immediately .....two sounds were heard:..... the "smack" of a kiss, .... then the "whack" .....of a slap .....across the face.

The grandmother thought ..... "I can't believe he kissed my granddaughter,.... but I'm glad she gave him .....a slap.... he deserved." (Pause)

The commanding officer thought, .... "I don't blame the boy for kissing girl, ... but it's a shame ....that she missed his face..... and hit me instead."

The young girl thought, ... "I'm glad he kissed me, ....but I wish my grandmother..... hadn't slapped him ....for doing it."

As the train broke into the sunlight,..... the soldier could not wipe the smile.... off his face.

He had just seized the opportunity .... to kiss a pretty girl .....and slap his commanding officer .... ....and he had gotten away ....with both!

(Slow) Now, ....that young soldier ...knew how to seize ....an opportunity! (Pause)

In the same way,.... we must take advantage.... of every opportunity ....that comes our way ... to seize the day.

Unfortunately,.... So often ....we get.... so caught up in the details of day to day living ....that we just do not have the time ...or make the time..... to seize the day.

We have deadlines and commitments, .... problems, and priorities, ... distractions and obstacles.

And though .....we really want greater fulfillment ....... it just seems...... to be outside ....of our grasp.

No one wants life .....to be ......just average.

By nature, ....we want our lives ....to be full.... Full and prosperous.

Paul shares these words with the Believers gathered in Ephesus and to us this day:

BIBLE "15 Be careful then .....how you live,.... not as unwise people.... but as wise, 16 .....making the most .....of the time, because the days ....are evil. ......So do not be foolish, ......but understand ....what the will of the Lord is." END Ephesians 5:15-17

We have been given a mission.... and that mission ....could easily be code named. ..... 24/7!

We are to be reflections of Jesus Christ....... 24/7!

We are to shine..... His light ..... the light of The Good News ...... 24/7!

Our lives .....are to be a testimony...... to His light within us. .....24/7!

Throughout history, ......God has shown himself ..... in and through relationship..... relationship .....with His people.

And .....In the incarnation, .....God became..... more than words.

The Word himself ... Jesus Christ... The Word made Flesh....entered the world . (John 1:14)

And Jesus ... The Word made flesh .......gave His disciples.....both power ......and a vision ....a picture .....to help them live.... this glorious life .... 24/7.

Jesus could have ......simply given His disciples power ....yet He spent ...three years "disciplining" them......Modeling the life..... that He...... intended them..... to live.

Jesus actions .....were the example.... The picture ....for us to model .....in our own lives.

Many have rejected the church ......because of the actions .....of those ....who claim .....to be followers .....of Jesus.

It is very painful .... but true.

Much of the world..... is not interested in Christianity .....rejects Christianity .....because far too many ......who call themselves Christians ......are not known as ......a people who live ... what they say.

Beloved..... The Truth is......Until we move beyond superficial faith, .... we will not experience .... Supernatural..... living. (Pause)

What picture does Jesus give us..... as we look at his life.... and listen to...... his words?

Jesus loved .....the unlovable.

Jesus forgave .....the unforgivable.

Jesus reached out .....to the untouchable. (Pause)

Now.....Across the street .....from the bombed out Federal Building..... in Oklahoma City, .... where 168 people died... there stands.... a memorial.

At the heart of that memorial..... is a nine foot statue .....of Jesus.

A nine foot statue of Jesus ....with his face in his hands, ... turned slightly away ....from where the acts of terror took place, .....and the plaque simply reads, ..... "And Jesus Wept." (Pause)

How do you picture Jesus...... in your life?

How do you picture..... in your heart.... All that Jesus ......has done for you?

Maybe this story will help you to capture...what Jesus ....has done.

A small boy ....had been consistently late..... for dinner.

One particular day ...his parents sternly warned him to be on time, .... yet he arrived.... later ...than ever.

He found his parents ....already seated at the table, ......just about to begin eating.

Quickly he sat at his place, ....and then noticed what was set before him...... a slice of bread..... and a glass of water.

There was silence .....as he sat ....and stared ....at his plate.

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