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Let Your Soul Catch Up!

... the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect
Matthew 24:37-44

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Sermon Week First Sunday of Advent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 24:44


A little boy was playing with his toy "Construction Kit." His father noticed that the boy was building something with great care. "What are you building?" the father asked. The boy whispered to his dad, "I've built a Church." But why are you whispering?" the father asked. "Because everybody's asleep," the little boy replied.

A "do-it-yourself" man bought a bargain lawn tractor which had to be assembled. He worked for hours putting the machine together, but when he pressed the "Start" button, nothing happened. He retraced his work, made a few adjustments, pushed the "Start" button, but still nothing happened. He then looked into the packing carton to see if he had forgotten a part. What he found was a small booklet with these words printed on the cover: When all else fails, read the instructions.

In Chapter Thirteen of Romans, the Apostle Paul says:

"... you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake up from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is gone; the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly ..." (Rom. 13:11-13).

Paul gives that "wake up" call in the context of a long list of specific instructions. And like the "do-it-yourself" man with the lawn tractor, we are bound to discover that all else will fail if we don't read the instructions -- and carry them out. Paul's instructions on how to put our lives together -- how to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ" -- come at us like blows from a jack hammer:

... Do not be conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2)
... Let love be genuine
... Hate what is evil
... Hold fast to what is good (Rom. 12:9)
... Love one another with brotherly affection (Rom. 12:10)
... Be aglow with the Spirit
... Serve the Lord (Rom. 12:11)
... Bless those who persecute you (Rom. 12:14)
... Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with [...]

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