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Building a Life of Commitment (4 of 5)
Series: Sand Castles
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Luke 14:18-20 (NIV)
• The Quicksand of possessions
• The Quicksand of problems
• The Quicksand of people
• The Quicksand of procrastination
• Matt. 13:44 (NLT)
DISCOVERING THE TREASURE OF COMMITMENT
1. STRIVE TO FOLLOW THE TREASURE MAP
• Pr. 28:26 (LB)
• Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Obedience brings blessing
2. STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND SEARCH FOR HIDDEN TREASURE
Have you ever watched a corny, adventure movie where the hero is swallowed up in a pit of quicksand only to be saved at the last minute by grabbing a nearby tree branch and pulling himself out. Well, if you haven't seen that, I want to show it to you right now. Just watch.
I did a little research on quicksand this week and I discovered the actual properties of quicksand are not at all like those in the movies. Quicksand is rarely deeper than your waist and it's almost never fatal. But you can definitely get stuck in it. Rick Wooten, Senior Geologist, for Engineering Geohazards says this. "If quicksand was deep as in up to your waist, it would be difficult to extract yourself from a dense slurry, not unlike concrete. The weight of the quicksand would certainly make it difficult to move. That's more information about quicksand than you really needed to know because you and I will probably never get stuck in quicksand. But many people today are getting stuck in something much more devastating. Most people today walk through life just trying to keep their options open and they never realize that they are stuck in the quicksand of non-commitment. The Bible says our commitments are so important because they show what's important in our lives. Our commitments reveal our values. If you are a single adult and someone says I love you, but they are not willing to commit to you, they don't love you because there is no love without commitment. Our commitments show what we love. Our commitments reveal our values. Rick Warren, author of the Purpose Driven Life, says the uncommitted life really means nothing is important to me. If you don't make any commitments in life you are basically saying the only thing important to me is me. The uncommitted life in its essence is pure selfishness. If I go through life without making any commitments, I'm basically saying I don't consider anything or anyone or any cause in life worthy of my commitment. I'm only committed to me and that's selfishness. Our commitments reveal our values. Our commitments determine our destiny. Commitments are like magnets. We make them and then they pull us toward them. The type of person you become next year will be determined by the commitment you make today. A lot of people today have an aversion to commitment.