Signing Up (6 of 8) by Jeff Strite

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Signing Up (6 of 8)
Series: B.A.S.I.C. Training Being A Servant In Christ
Jeff Strite
Ephesians 2:1-10

OPEN: Three military recruiters showed up to address high school seniors. Each recruiter - representing the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps - was to have fifteen minutes. But the Army and Navy recruiters got carried away, and so when it came time for the Marine to speak, he had just two minutes.
He walked up and stood utterly silent for a full sixty seconds, half of his time. Then he said this: "I doubt whether there are two or three of you in this room who could even cut it in the Marine Corps. But I want to see those two or three immediately in the dining hall when we are dismissed."
He turned smartly and sat down.
When he arrived in the dining hall, those students interested in the Marines were a mob.

APPLY: One of the most powerful images, for the US military, has got to be the Poster of Uncle Sam pointing his finger and saying "I want you." (show "Uncle Sam" image).
In times of war or conflict, those posters are practically everywhere: the Post Office, Grocery Stores, etc., with Uncle Sam telling everyone everywhere "I want you."

In the same way, throughout the entire Bible God is saying to everyone, everywhere: I WANT YOU!

In one of his letters, Peter declares: "The Lord…is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." II Peter 3:9

God wants you.
He wants you so badly that He paid a high price to recruit you.
In fact, years before Jesus came to earth in mortal form, Isaiah 52:10 prophesied that "The LORD (would) lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God."

Centuries before Jesus came, God told His people that He would spare no expense in bringing salvation.

ILLUS: Several years ago, there was 14 year-old girl (Laura Montero) whose appendix burst while she and her family vacationed on a cruise ship off the Baja Coast ...

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