by Stephen Whitney

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Finding My Master (3 of 7)
Series: Parables of Jesus
Stephen Whitney
Luke 14:25-35

As Alexander the Great was carrying out his triumphant military campaign towards the East around 300 BC, he and a section of his army approached a strongly fortified, walled city. Alexander approached the city, demanding to see the king and set out terms of surrender. The king only laughed: ‘‘Why should I surrender to you? You can’t do us any harm! We can endure any siege.’’

In response, Alexander offered to give the king a demonstration. Nearby the city walls, was a sheer cliff and he ordered his men to line up in single file and began to march them towards the edge. The city’s citizens watched with horrified fascination as the column without hesitation marched towards and over the cliff.

Only after several men had plunged to their deaths did Alexander order the rest of the column to halt. He then called his troops back to his side and stood silently facing the city.

The effect on the citizens was stunning. From spellbound silence they moved to terror. They realized they had no walls thick enough and no resources extensive enough to defend themselves against that kind of commitment and loyalty they surrendered.

Commitment - comes from the Latin word commit which means ‘‘together we make a trust’’ so we are now bond to each other. It is allegiance, dedication, devotion, loyalty or faithfulness.

Our society today generally does not breed strong commitment. People are more concerned with self-fulfillment than commitment. We tend to be more loyal to ourselves than anything else in life. We do what we want, when we want and how we want.

Our self-centered values cause our commitments to continually change which is seen how we relate to others in our marriages, family and friends. People walk away from commitments and relationships because circumstances or times have changed.


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