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Series: Bad Bargains
Genesis 25:21-34; Heb. 12:16-17
INTRO: There is little doubt that life contains many choices. There is little doubt that life has many difficulties. There is little doubt that the choices we make with difficulties can either make or break the quality of our life!
The problem with most people, which includes Christians, is NOT the problems themselves but the choices we make when we face them. We need to decide early on that if we are going to live for Christ we are truly SOLD OUT to do so or we will find ourselves SELLING OUT due to a lack of commitment when the problems hit.
Good preparation before problems help prevent procrastination and pain on making good choices when the problems hit!
ILLUS: Lord Joseph Duveen, American head of the art firm that bore his name, planned in 1915 to send one of his experts to England to examine some ancient pottery. He booked passage on the Lusitania. Then the German Embassy issued a warning that the liner might be torpedoed. Duveen wanted to call off the trip.
"I can't take the risk of your being killed," he said to his young employee. "Don't worry," said the man, "I'm a strong swimmer, and when I read what was happening in the Atlantic, I began hardening myself by spending time every day in a tub of ice water. At first I could sit only a few minutes, but this morning, I stayed in that tub nearly two hours."
Naturally, Duveen laughed. It sounded preposterous. But his expert sailed, and the Lusitania was torpedoed. The young man was rescued after nearly five hours in the chilly ocean, still in excellent condition. Just as this young man did, so Christians should condition themselves by practicing devotional discipline, behavioral discipline, and discipline in doing good. -- Cited in Christianity Today, February 1979, p. 25.
PROPOSITIONAL SENTENCE: The Bible teaches that choices we may make to satisfy a momentary material need ...
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