Surrender

Written by cycleguy on January 12th, 2018

The images will never leave our minds. What we were doing at that moment will always stick with us. The stunning news that a plane had flown into one of the towers of the World Trade Center in NYC on September 11, 2001 stopped us in our tracks. We wanted to believe it was just an accident. Then plane #2 flew into the other tower and we knew then it was not an accident but an act of terrorism. That fact was confirmed even more by the flight into the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania. “Ground Zero” was established. A nation was galvanized. Politicians for one small moment put aside their party hat and all agreed this cannot happen.

Leaders were faced with making decisions none had thought of making. There were no contingency plans. How could we have conceived of such evil?

My sermon for Sunday is the first of a series called “Transformed.” I’m calling it All In. It reminds me of the story of the chicken and the pig discussing who wanted to start a breakfast featuring eggs and bacon. The pig said, “No.” When questioned by the chicken his answer was simple: “For you it is a donation; for me it is total commitment.” Following Jesus is just that and every Christ-follower must face the question: Am I going to contribute or am I going to commit?” My next four weeks of sermons will be from Romans 12 starting with verses 1-2 this Sunday.  I’d appreciate your prayers this week.

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ed says:

    It’s true that 9/11 was a call out to everyone for commitment. So much happened on that day, and so many lives were changed.

    I made a commitment a few weeks ago, so I’m all in! Enjoying your new blog as well.

  2. That horrific incident did unite this country, even if that commitment was short-lived. Let our commitment to the Lord be everlasting.
    Blessings, Bill, and I’ll be praying!

  3. Pam says:

    I never heard that pig/chicken folk tale before but it is a great analogy to Christian commitment. Praying for you as you begin this new series, Bill.

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