Summary: If you want to go up in the world then you need to be willing to kneel down.
INTRODUCTION: I did something touristy yesterday and if you ask my family they will tell you it is not something I normally like to do. I like to keep a low profile. I don’t like people to think I get really excited about something. I don’t stand in lines for autographs - unless I am hoping to get another date with Jackie. I am a fan, but not a fanatic. So it was a little odd for me yesterday that while I was running across the southbeach bridge that I would stop what I was doing and then cross over 4 lanes of traffic to take a picture. And what was I taking a picture of - I was bummed that it did not really come out that well, but yes it was Air Force 1 in the final approach for the St. Lucie County International Airport. It was a little cool to think that Air Force 1 was landing in our backyard. I should add another disclaimer - I did meet President Reagan and I also met President Jimmy Carter - but I had to stand in line to meet them. I was young and impressionable :-).
Just curious who would you stand in line to meet or get a glimpse of? I can’t tell you the number of times I have used the side doors just so I wouldn’t have to stand in line to greet the pastor after church :-).
My question reminds me of that Sunday School teacher who once asked a group of elementary school boys, “What is furry, brown and eats nuts?” The boys answered, “I know the answer is Jesus but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me.” Of course you would answer the question with - “I would stand in line for hours to get a glimpse of Jesus.”
Of course that raises a question - What is it about Jesus that makes people want to rip roofs off of strangers homes oW
r walk through the middle of a crowd to just touch the hemn of his garments. Even more spectacular what is it about Jesus that people were willing to die just for being associated with him?
Can I suggest that if we discover what that secret is and we commit to perfecting that secret we will be a church that attracts hundreds of people in our community to come and experience the power of Jesus’ love and grace.
BODY: So let’s talk about that secret. Let me ask you these questions.
1. Has following Christ benefitted you? If yes raise your hand.
Following Christ has given me a sense of purpose and direction. That sense of purpose and direction moved me from a life
of survival to a life of significance. When I was in survival mode it was all about me. Operating from the significance
position leads me to ask the question - “How can I add value to others?"
2. Has knowing that you are loved benefitted you?
Knowing that I am loved gives me the confidence to create relationships with other people, it gives me the courage to ask
for forgiveness and to offer forgiveness.
3. Has being a part of a loving and caring community benefitted you?
A community that loves and cares for me challenges me to go further than I thought possible. That kind of community
knows the ways I try to hide from offering my best and they refuse to let me hide. My accomplishments or achievements