Shaped To Be A Servant (2 of 8) by Jeff Strite

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Shaped To Be A Servant (2 of 8)
Series: Purpose Driven Life
Jeff Strite
Ephesians 2:3-10

OPEN: The story is told of the time Albert Einstein was taking a train to an out of town engagement. The conductor stopped by to punch his ticket, but the great scientist preoccupied with his work, explained that he couldn't find his ticket. Not in the coat pockets, not in the briefcase.
The conductor said, "We all know who you are, Dr. Einstein. I'm sure you bought ticket. Don't worry about it."
As the conductor moved along, he looked back to see Einstein on his hands and knees searching under the seats for his ticket. The conductor walked back, "Dr. Einstein, please, don't worry about it. I know who you are."
Exasperated, Einstein looked up and said, "I too know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going."

APPLY: He knew who he was... he just didn't know where he was going...

There are a lot of Christians know WHO they are - they are children of God/belong to Jesus. BUT... they don't quite know where they're going. They seem to wander aimlessly about in their faith.
Now, by this, I don't mean, that they don't know their ultimate destination - heaven. What I mean is that their Christian walk (here and now) is without purpose. Without a destination. They just don't seem to know what to do with their lives RIGHT NOW.

I. One of the reasons Christians don't know what to do with their lives is because they've failed to distinguish the difference between how they used to live w/o Christ and the excitement of how They Can Live with Christ

ILLUS: They're kind of like the story of a man who visited a bazaar in India. Many merchants were there with their items they wished to trade and sell. One old farmer had brought in a covey of quail to sell. He'd tied a string around one leg of each bird and each of the strings was tied to a ring which fit loosely over a central stick. He had taught the quail to walk around and around in a circle.
Nobody seemed intereste ...


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