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Summary: We have tried to do it our way, not Gods

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WE Almost Got Away With It

By Rev Stanley Baker

Matthew 19: 16-24

We Almost got away with it

Or should I say they almost got away with it

Almost... is a sad word in anybody’s dictionary.

It is right up there along with “if only” and (here in the South) “near ’bout.”

Almost is a word that tells of missed opportunities and the chance to be in Gods will.

It’s Like

Tim McKee who was edged out for first place in the Olympic 400-meter race by two-thousandths of a second.

He almost won a gold medal.

He almost got away with it

It sounds like

“He almost got it together.”

“He was almost able to work it out.”

“He almost made it to the big leagues.”

Almost doesn’t count except in horseshoes and hand grenades.

In Our text it tells us that he was a young man

He was a wealthy man, a young ruler.

His eyes were set on religious matters

on teachers,

on eternal life,

on good deeds.

Our text tell us that

He had the look of a seeker:

he seemed willing to listen and eager to learn.

He seemed a disciple-in-the-making.

There are thousands of people just like him today

Jesus said in verse 24

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

You may ask yourselves today ok so what.

So what

I did it my way

I did it the way I thought that God wanted me to do it.

Mat_7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

And you said

So what

We served God our way; we did all the things that God would have done.

Mat_26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation:

Mat_5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

So what you said

We brought thousands into Gods house our way

Mat_7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:

.

Mat_18:3 said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

And again you say

So what

We did such good deeds and helped so many people because you are good

Mat_19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:

You might say so what

You might have did it your way

You might have filled the house

You might have did those good deeds

SO WHAT

2 Thessalonians 2:3

Let no man deceive you by any means:

for that day shall not come,

except there come a falling away first,

and that man of sin be revealed

You can’t do it your way

Being good will not get

Doing good will not get it either

Just bringing them in will not get it

Serving God your way is not the way

You cannot do it better than God

You are just playing God

Exo_20:3

Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.

Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:

Time has come for the world to wakeup and smell the roses


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