Sermon: Being Fully Committed to God
Between Hen And Hog
A conversation is said to have taken place between a hen and a hog when they passed a church and observed the subject of the pastor’s sermon: “How Can We Help the Poor?” After a moment’s reflection, the hen said, “I know what we can do. We can give them a ham-and-egg breakfast!” The hog protested, saying, “The breakfast would be only a contribution for you, but for me it would mean total commitment.”
For they all contributed out of their abundance,
‘they gave money which they didn’t need.’
Misconception Of Being Fully Committed
Your Good Works Alone Is Not Good Enough In Presence of God
They are works which issue in death because they are evil; they belong to the way of death and not the way of life.
True Christianity deals with the human problem of the self-life, with the basic matter of “me, myself and I.” The Spirit of God deals with it by an intolerant and final destruction, saying, “This selfish I cannot live if God is to be glorified in this human life.”
Are We Pleasing Ourself, or God?
There was no confession of sin, no brokenness before the Lord, but only a religious event that made the participants feel good.
The application to today’s church is obvious. It’s very easy for us to join a large, happy religious crowd, enthusiastically sing rousing songs, and put money in the offering plate, and yet not be changed in our hearts.