Year B Proper 12 John 6 2012
Are You A Satisfied Customer?
Did you know that neon signs can be hazardous to your health? There is one neon sign that is hazardous to mine. It is the one that flashes "hot" in bright red on the window of Krispy Kreme. If you have ever eaten, some really great, hot, Krispy Kreme doughnuts oozing with that glaze that is so wonderful for your cardiovascular system, you know there are always two problems in that box of doughnuts: (1) one is never enough (2) no matter how many you eat eventually you'll always want more.
For so very many people, life is just like that. There is a never ending quest for fulfillment. There are so many people in this world who have found success, but they have not found significance.
This world is filled with people who are desperately trying to find purpose and meaning, fulfillment and significance in their life. The truth is when it comes to living and life, most people are not satisfied customers. It was the great philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, who once said, "The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation."
People are hungry and they are hungry for two things primarily...
The 4 Spiritual Flaws
Want to attract young, floundering, post-high school people to a life of faith, fulfillment, and commitment? Would your first thought be to offer that age group a solid set of "divine directives"-- aka "Four Spiritual Laws?"
Probably not. Unless you were Bill Bright in 1952, when he offered that gleaming, golden nugget of insight to a new generation of spiritual seekers. But the "laws" Bill Bright proposed were far from rude and reactionary. Instead they were redeeming and revealing. And they have touched many new generations of searching young men and women, people seeking to find a direction and meaning for their adult lives.
If it's been awhile--or never--Bill Bright's "Four Spiritual Laws" are as follows:
- God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
- Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.
- Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.
- We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
These guidelines continue to be the mainstay of the evangelical outreach of the Campus Crusade for Christ to this day.
But that doesn't mean we don't still get it wrong, everyday, everywhere, whether we are teen-aged, college-aged, middle-aged, or elder-aged...