Envision: The Great Commitment (3 of 4) by James Merritt

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ENVISION: THE GREAT COMMITMENT
James Merritt
Matthew 20:26-28

INTRODUCTION

1. ENVISION: SUCH A POWERFUL WORD. IN 1969 AMERICA DID SOMETHING THAT HAD ONLY BEEN DREAMED OF AND FANTASIZED ABOUT IN BOOKS AND NOVELS—SHE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? BECAUSE JOHN F. KENNEDY ON MAY 25, 1961 ENVISIONED PUTTING A MAN ON THE MOON BY THE END OF THE DECADE.

2. JUST 44 YEARS AGO 22,000 ACRES OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA WAS A WASTELAND SOUTHWEST OF ORLANDO WHERE ALLIGATORS OUTNUMBERED PEOPLE. POROUS LIMESTONE UNDERLAY THE VEGETAL MUCK. IT WAS LAND NO ONE WANTED UNTIL NOV. 22, 1963 WHEN A CHARTERED AIRPLANE FLEW OVER THIS HUGE EXPANSE OF MUCK AND MIRE AND A MAN NAMED WALT DISNEY POINTED TO IT AND SAID ONLY TWO WORDS: “THAT’S IT”—AND NOW THAT REGION HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO WHAT THE ENTIRE PLANET KNOWS AS
“DISNEY WORLD” BECAUSE OF WHAT WALT DISNEY ENVISIONED.

3. THIS MONTH WE ARE ASKING YOU TO ENVISION A CHURCH THAT IS LASER FOCUSED ON LEADING PEOPLE TO LOVE GOD, SERVE OTHERS AND SHARE YOUR STORY. LAST WEEK WE FOCUSED ON THE FIRST PART OF THAT STATEMENT KNOWN AS THE GREAT COMMANDMENT—LOVE GOD. TODAY WE LOOK AT THE GREAT COMMITMENT WHICH IS SERVE OTHERS.


4. IF YOU WENT TO WALL STREET AND ASKED THE QUESTION: “WHAT IS THE SECRET OF GREATNESS?” WALL STREET WOULD SAY: “MONEY, AND LOTS OF IT.” IF YOU WERE TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND ASK: “WHAT IS THE SECRET OF GREATNESS?” THEY WOULD SAY, “POLITICAL CLOUT.” IF YOU WERE TO GO TO HOLLYWOOD AND ASK: “WHAT IS THE SECRET OF GREATNESS?” HOLLYWOOD WOULD SAY: “FAME.”

5. BUT, THE GREATEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED, JESUS CHRIST, HAD A DIFFERENT ANSWER. HE SAID,
“WHOEVER WANTS TO BECOME GREAT MUST BE A SERVANT TO OTHERS.”
(MATTHEW 20:26, GWT)

6. SUCCESS AND GREATNESS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD ARE FAR DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IT IS ON PLANET EARTH. IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD THERE IS NO EASY ELEVATOR TO THE TOP. TO GET TO THE TOP IN GOD’S EYES YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE THE STAIRS OF SERVICE. JESUS SAID AGAIN,
“FOR EVEN I, THE SON OF MAN CAME HERE NOT TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE OTHERS…”
(MATTHEW 20: 28, NLT)
THE SECRET TO GREATNESS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT HOW MANY SERVANTS YOU HAVE, BUT WHAT KIND OF A SERVANT YOU ARE.

7. THE STATEMENT JESUS MADE IS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE STATEMENTS OF HIS ENTIRE MINISTRY. THE ONE CALLED BY HIS OWN DISCIPLES “LORD” AND “MASTER”, THE ONE PERSON WHO SHOULD SERVE NO ONE AND BE SERVED BY EVERYONE SAYS HIS ATTITUDE IS NOT TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO FOR HIM BUT WHAT HE CAN DO FOR US!!! WHAT A HEART!! WHAT AN ATTITUDE!! WHAT A SPIRIT!!!

8. NOW I WANT TO ASK YOU THE KEY QUESTION FOR THIS DAY: ARE YOU MORE INTERESTED IN BEING SERVED IN A CHURCH, OR ARE YOU MORE INTERESTED IN BEING A SERVANT IN THE CHURCH? A FIRST GRADE TEACHER ASKED HER CLASS THE QUESTION: “WHAT DO YOU DO TO HELP AT HOME?” ONE BY ONE THE ANSWERS CAME BACK. ONE LITTLE GIRL SAID, “I DRY THE DISHES.” ONE LITTLE BOY SAID, “I FEED THE DOG.” ANOTHER CHILD SAID, “I SWEEP THE FLOOR ...


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