Enoch: A Man Faithful To God (3 of 3) by Steve Wagers

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Enoch: A Man Faithful to God (3 of 3)
Series: A Journey through the Life of Enoch
Steve Wagers
Jude 14-16

INTRODUCTION:

Years ago, Jane Welsh, the wife of John Welsh, and daughter of John Knox, was told, while her husband was in prison for preaching, that if she would influence her husband to renounce the Protestant faith, that her life would be spared. At the time she was told this news, she was wearing an apron. She, then, took the corners of that apron, and folded them up. She held it out like a basket, looked back into the faces of those who stood before her and said, "I would rather catch his head in this apron, than for he, or I, to renounce our Savior!" 1

In these days, one of the trademarks of the average Christian is no commitment, and unfaithfulness. As a matter of fact, if you would ask the average person what faithfulness is, no doubt, you would receive several different answers. If you ask them, "Is 100% of one's effort required all of the time, or is 99.9% good enough?", the majority opinion would conclude that 99.9% is good enough to get by. However, if that is true, then statistics tell us that this year alone:

? 2 million documents will be lost by the IRS
? 12 babies will given to the wrong families
? 291 pacemaker operations will be performed incorrectly
? 20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions will be written; and,
? 114,500 mismatched pairs of shoes will be shipped. 2

Now, let's flip the coin for just a second. Think what would be our plight if God only gave 99.9% for our salvation. Or, if Jesus only gave a 99.9% sacrifice for our sins. Or, if the Holy Spirit only indwelled us, and accompanied us just 99.9% of the time. I say to you that if any one of those were true, you and I would be in serious trouble. However, though we expect God to give us 100% all of the time, we, for some reason, have convinced ourselves that 99.9% is good enough for us.

Well, as we come to the final stage in the life of Enoch, J ...


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