by Kerry Shook

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Scales (1 of 3)
Series: The Biggest Loser
Pastor Kerry Shook

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"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it."Matt. 16:25 (NIV)


The Results of Guilt

• Shame

"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." Gen. 3:7 (NIV)

• Fear

"He answered, 'I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.'" Gen. 3:10 (NIV)


We have a love/hate relationship with scales. We're always stepping up on the scale, but we usually don't like what it tells us. Scales are no respecter of persons. It doesn't care if you are the president or a peasant; it just tells you the truth. It cracks me up how what it tells us usually comes as a total surprise to us, especially after the holidays. A bad sign is when you step onto the scale and you are out of breath. I mean it's okay if you're on a Stairmaster for 30 minutes, but if you step onto the scale that's just one step. That's a really bad sign if you are out of breath. Usually after the holidays when we step onto the scale we're stunned, we can't believe what it's telling us. How did this happen? It couldn't have been the three dozen Christmas cookies or the five pumpkin pies, could it? I mean, I thought I walked that off at the mall returning gifts. We're always shocked at what the scale tells us. Now I don't know about you, but I've become a fan of this new hit reality show The Biggest Loser. How many of you have seen that? Raise your hand. Yeah. It gets you. It's really moving. If you haven't seen it there are these overweight contestants who try to win the game by losing big. It reminds me a little bit of life because the climactic moment every week in the show is the weekly weigh in when the contestant has to step up to the scale to see how much they've lost. You can just see the fear and anxiety of their faces right before they step onto the scale. In fact last week in the season kickoff, one of the women before she stepped onto the scale begin to cry. She just lost it and the host said, "What's wrong?" She said, "I'm just afraid of what the scale is going to show, that I haven't lost enough and I'm going to get sent home." You see, the winner is the one who eventually becomes the biggest loser. We're starting a new series today that I'm calling The Biggest Loser because in life there are some things you have to lose in order to win. Everybody wants to be a winner. A lot of the best-selling books today are how to be a winner in life, but sometimes we forget that God says in order to be a winner you have to become the biggest loser. I want you to open your Bibles to Matthew, Chapter 16.
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