Sermon that I Preached at Grace Community Church in Grinnell on 7-31-22
Looking for an opportunity to _______________.
When I went to Southeastern Community College right out of High School I worked at a Tradehome Shoe Store in Burlington, IA. Some customers would come in and give the typical “I’m just looking,” but others were much more serious about purchasing a pair of shoes right at that moment. They’d show me on the wall or rack what they were interested in, and I was trained to bring them that pair and another pair I thought they’d be interested in…just in case they weren’t sold on the pair their heart was set on after they tried it on.
In today’s world…I’m sure you know what it’s like to intently watch for the best deals that come up for whatever it is you’re hoping to purchase. Some of you are just looking and adding items in your cart, but others of you are much more serious and ready to and or have already hit the button that’ll send all your favorite items directly to your house.
As someone who is serious and looking for an opportunity to make that next purchase do you find that it has consumed your time and mind? If you think you’ve forgotten about that item you’ve been looking up, then your computer will be sure to remind you. It’s amazing how your computer recalls what you’ve looked up recently…and now ads for that item continue popping up on your screen without you asking for them. These ads are there to remind you that you really really really “need” this item. Can you not wait for the next opportunity to look to see if someone outbid you? Or if the item is all sold out now? Or if the item is in route to your doorstep? Or maybe, just maybe you go ahead and make the purchase just so you’ll stop thinking about it…only to regret the purchase later on?
Another thing to keep in mind is that we all have differing emotional experiences and attachments to certain items, and some of us are more decisive than others when it comes to knowing what to purchase and when to do so.
These are all reasons as to why I left a blank in today’s title of the message…“Looking for the opportunity to _________________.”
What does that phrase mean?
Looking for an opportunity means to be Watchful, Devoted, and Covetous.
In the next blog I'll explain what this looked like in Judas' life.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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