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Mission Ambition (33 of 34)
Sermon Series: Good News from God
On March 11, 1965, Gary Duschl of Virginia Beach, Virginia began making a chain of gum wrappers. Today, over forty-six years later, it contains over 1.6 million gum wrappers and is 68,433 feet long and growing. This length is 12.66 miles and would require the average human being about five hours to walk! It is the equivalent to 222 football fields or forty-six Empire State Buildings. Guinness's World Records declared Gary's chain of gum wrappers to be the longest in the world. The chain took over 25,000 hours to create. Regardless of what you think about this endeavor, it is quite an astounding accomplishment! I am impressed with Gary Duschl. Can you fathom the time, energy, and skill he put into this endeavor? What astounding ambition!
What is your ambition? What do you hope to achieve with the rest of your life? Many people are consumed with work, family, money, and pleasure (not necessarily in that order). How much of what you do could be seen as a chain of gum wrappers? As a believer in Jesus Christ, you ought to be driven by an even greater ambition-one that can change world history and extend beyond the grave. Paul gives you a holy ambition to shoot for in Rom 15:14-33. In this passage he prepares to conclude his letter. When biblical writers begin to wrap up their letters, people tend to tune out. However, these twenty verses answer the question: "How do I develop a mission ambition?" He says: God calls you to mission possible. Perhaps you are thinking of "Mission Impossible" and are looking for Tom Cruise to appear. But this is not a movie, this is your life-your personal mission. Paul is going to ask you to do some impossible things in this text, but the underlying implication is that with God all things are possible if you humble yourself and depend upon Him to live His supernatural life in and through you. Paul imparts three characteristics of mission ...
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