Don't Miss The Opportunity by Larry Wynn

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DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY
JOHN 9: 1-7
MAY 24, 1998 A.M.
SERIES: PICKING UP THE TOWEL
Larry Wynn

I. INTRODUCTION

A. “WHEN AS A CHILD I LAUGHED AND WEPT,
TIME CREPT; WHEN AS A YOUTH I DREAMT
AND TALKED, TIME WALKED; WHEN I
BECAME A FULL-GROWN MAN, TIME RAN;
WHEN OLDER STILL I DAILY GREW, TIME
FLEW; SOON SHALL I FIND IN TRAVELING
ON, TIME GONE...” FROM STEPHEN OLFORD
LECTURES.

B. ONE OF LIFE’S MOST SOLEMN REALIZATIONS
THAT CAN COME TO A CHRISTIAN IS THAT
HE CAN MISS GOD’S DAY OF OPPORTUNITY.

C. NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN GREAT OR USEFUL,
IN THE HIGHEST SENSE, WHO HAS NOT
REGARDED TIME AS OPPORTUNITIES SEIZED
OR OPPORTUNITIES MISSED.

D. JESUS SAID IT MOST CLEARLY IN JOHN 9.

1. JOHN 9:4 IN THE GREEK SAYS, “WE
MUST WORK THE WORKS OF HIM WHO
SENT ME...”

2. THE LORD JESUS WAS IDENTIFYING
HIMSELF WITH HIS DISCIPLES,
INCLUDING YOU AND ME, THUS
BRINGING DIGNITY, LIBERTY, AND
URGENCY INTO CHRISTIAN SERVICE.


E. THE LORD TEACHES US IN THIS PASSAGE.

II. THE DIVINE MANDATE FOR SERVICE.

A. RESPONSIBILITY TO GOD.

1. “CHRISTIANS WILL NEVER COME TO
REGARD THE WORK OF GOD WITH
ANY SENSE OF IMPORTANCE AND
IMPERATIVENESS UNTIL THEY LEARN
IT IS DIVINE SERVICE.”

2. “THE PERSON WHO SAYS THAT HE
HAS NO SENSE OF OBLIGATION TO
SERVE GOD IS A PERSON WHO HAS
NEVER RECEIVED THE DIVINE
NATURE.”

3. SERVICE FOR JESUS WAS IMPORTANT
AND IMPERATIVE.

a. AS A SON.

(1) “I MUST BE ABOUT MY
FATHER’S BUSINESS.”
LUKE 2:49.

(2) WE NEED THE SAME
SENSE OF URGENCY AS
CHILDREN OF GOD THAT
JESUS HAD FOR DIVINE
SERVICE.


b. AS SAVIOR.

(1) “THE SON OF MAN MUST
BE LIFTED UP, THAT
WHOEVER BELIEVES IN
HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH
BUT HAVE ETERNAL
LIFE.” JOHN 3:15-16.

(2) THERE WAS NO HOLDING
BACK AT ANY POINT FOR
JESUS.

(3) THE CROSS SHOULD BE
WORKED OUT
PRACTICALLY IN OUR
LIVES ON A DAILY BASIS.

(4) THE QUESTION IS ARE WE
HOLDING ANYTHING
BACK?

c. A ...


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