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What Kind Of People?

All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me
Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon Topic Temptation

Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 4:8-9


Author Lance Webb tells the beautiful story of a retired minister who had one favorite song which he delighted in singing at the Wednesday-night prayer meetings:

No house, no land do I possess,
But peace and joy and thankfulness.

In time, the congregation grew weary of hearing him sing about "no house, no land," so they gave him a house and furnished it ... He seemed very happy, but the next week he began again to sing his favorite song: "No house, no land do I possess."

Suddenly, he broke down, unable to go further. The following week, the same thing happened. He tried to sing his song but he choked up. Then he turned to his friends who had been so kind to him and said, "Take back the house, take back the furniture, but give me back my song!" That dear man was right! What are houses and lands without our song?

What are bank accounts without the song God wants us to sing; the song of peace and joy and thankfulness to be lovingly shared with our heavenly Father-Creator, and with our earthly brothers and sisters? GIVE US BACK OUR SONG!1

In the Lenten Season, we need to ask ourselves the question raised by the ancient Psalmist: "How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" (Ps. 137:4). It is a question aimed directly at life. What kind of people are we? What are we aiming for? What is our hope? What is our purpose? Are we like the people the Apostle Paul called "enemies of the Cross of Christ"? (Phil. 3:18). "Their God is the belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things" (Phil. 3:19). "Their end is destruction," he said. Are we the kind of people who never look beyond the horizons of a secular world? Or do we see ourselves as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, living under the Rule of God? Give us back our song so that we may "rejoice in the Lord always" (Phil. 3:4). Give us back our song so that we [...]

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