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Summary: How often to we waste opportunities to make the most of our lives? This sermon deals with that question and uses an amusing story of a young soldier who seized the moment.

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"Seize The Moment"

Philippians 3:7-16

[7] But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.

[8] Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

[9] and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

[10] that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

[11] if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

[12] Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

[13] Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

[14] I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

[15] Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

[16] Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

Today I have a story about Private Albert Hagan, a young soldier

and his commanding officer, Sergeant Richard Little.

It was Christmas time

and the Army had granted a 5 days leave to the soldiers..

so they could be with their families.

Private Hagan and Sergeant Little got on a train together.

The only seats available on the train...

were at the very back of the passenger car

and across from a very attractive young woman

who was traveling with her grandmother.

As they engaged in pleasant conversation,

Private Hagan and the young woman kept eyeing one another.

It was obvious that he was attracted to her...

And she was attracted to him.

Suddenly the bus went into a tunnel

and the passenger car became pitch black.

Private Hagan decided to "seize the moment".

Immediately two sounds were heard:

the "smack" of a kiss,

and the "whack" of a slap across the face.

The grandmother thought to herself:

"I can't believe he kissed my granddaughter,

but I'm glad she slapped him. He deserved it."

Let me ask you a question:

Are you living your life to the fullest?

Are you finding satisfaction in your life?

Or...do you sometimes think you are wasting your life?

Paul shows us 3 simple ways to live a more fulfilling life.

Point #1. Find Your Purpose.

Philippians 3:10-11

that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, [11] if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

If I were to ask, "What is your purpose in life?"

I would probably get several different answers.

"Be a good wife or husband"

"Be a good mother or father or grandma or grandpa"

"Do my job better"

"Be a good Christian"

Those answers would be good!


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Lanse Foster

commented on Jan 27, 2013

I love it!!! It certainly kept my attention while I was reading the sermon... Now if it only works as well on the congregation when I use it tonight!! :))

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