by James Merritt

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball
Dr. James Merritt
Matthew 28:18-20


1. In practically every major sport played in this country, there is one rule that must not be broken, or failure is absolutely guaranteed. You must ''keep your eye on the ball.'' If you lose sight of the ball in baseball you will strike out; in football you will drop the pass; in golf you will mis-hit the ball; in tennis you will hit the net. Nothing else matters--a sweet swing, great hand-eye coordination, perfect form, tremendous ability--they are all for naught if you don't keep your eye on the ball.

2. What is true in sports is true in life. You see in life the ball is your purpose, the ball is your mission. Knowing your mission is the second step to greatness. First, you must want it--that is passion. But then you must know it--that is mission.

3. A couple was traveling through the countryside and they were lost. They spotted an old man on the side of the road and asked, ''Where are we?''

He said, ''Where are you going?''

''We don't know,'' they said.

''Then it doesn't matter.''

When we do not know where we are going, then it really doesn't matter where we are. It is only when we know our purpose that we can determine our priorities.

4. Great military leader, General George S. Patton, before a big battle, would gather his soldiers into a room and ask them this question: ''What is your mission?'' He knew that was the single most important piece of information every soldier had to know if victory was going to be won.

5. Well General Jesus has left no doubt as to what the mission of his army, called the church, is to be. Standing on one of the mountains that surround the Sea of Galilee, He made a statement clean, clear, and concise that has now become known as ''The Great Commission.'' That commission is built around a little word that carries a big punch--''Go.''

6. The mission of this church, and any church, begins with that little word ''go.'' So ...

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