A Magnificent Obsession by J. Gerald Harris

A Magnificent Obsession
J. Gerald Harris
1 Chronicles 16:23-29

In 1929 Lloyd C. Douglas wrote a book entitled Magnificent Obsession. In this book he tells about a young man who lived a fairly reckless life. As a drunken playboy he was in an automobile accident that resulted in a young woman losing her sight. This tragedy resulted in the playboy mending his ways. He became obsessed with the idea of restoring this woman's sight. He became a respected surgeon and prepared himself to perform the delicate operation that would result in the restoration of this woman's sight. To restore her sight became his passion; his goal, his desire, his obsession.

What is the goal of your life? What is your magnificent obsession? Our Strategic Planning Committee has concluded that there is but one reason for which we exist. This one reason has inspired a mission statement for our church. Here it is: As followers of Jesus Christ we exist to glorify God. (repeat)

The Bible says in I Corinthians 10:31, ''Therefore whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.'' In our text the Scripture says, ''Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name.''

Some of you may be familiar with the shorter catechism which is used in many churches. The catechism is a question and answer format which has long been used in the history of the church to give religious instruction. Here's the first question: ''What is the chief end of man?''

And here is the answer: ''The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.''

The supreme objective in the life of any man or woman should be to give God glory. This is foundational. This is basic. This should undergird everything that we are and everything that we do. We want to live and walk and work and witness and worship all to the glory of God.

As we look at this message this morning, the first thing that I want us to ...


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