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Committed to Commitments (1 of 4)
Series: Making Spiritual Commitments
Did I ever tell you about the young Zoad? ?
Who came to a sign at the fork of the road?
He looked one way and the other way too?
The Zoad had to make up his mind what to do
Well, the Zoad scratched his head, ?And his chin, and his pants.
And he said to himself, "I'll be taking a chance. ?
If I go to Place One, that place may be hot?
So how will I know if I like it or not. ?
On the other hand, though, I'll feel such a fool?
If I go to Place Two and find it's too cool?
In that case I may catch a chill and turn blue. ?
So Place One may be best and not Place Two." ?
"Play safe," cried the Zoad, ?"I'll play safe, I'm no dunce. ?
I'll simply start off to both places at once. ?
And that's how the Zoad who would not take a chance?
Went no place at all with a split in his pants."
The problem with the ZOAD was indecisiveness. He couldn't make up his mind. He couldn't commit and that kept him from going anywhere.
If we're going to go anywhere with God, we have to make some spiritual commitments. There are a lot of different kinds of commitments that one can make from exercising, to losing weight, to giving up smoking to watching less TV to getting out of debt. But today I want to deal with SPIRITUAL commitments. After all, I'm not your personal trainer or your doctor or your financial planner...I'm your preacher. And as your preacher one thing I can say with confidence is that God expects us to make SPIRITUAL commitments. In the parable of the talents we see this expectation in four ways.
I. GOD EXPECTS US TO OVERCOME OUR FEAR OF COMMITMENT
Matthew 25:24-25 "The servant with the one bag of silver came and said, 'Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.'"
The servant in this ...
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