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October 28, 2018

Keeping the Ball in Play

Sunday Morning Podcast Oct 28, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: LUKE 14:25-35  

25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

“Keeping the ball in play,” is an analogy of what Jesus is talking about here in building the kingdom.   We need a knowledge of our self and more importantly the knowledge of God, to have a spiritual wholeness.  When there is a ball involved, the only way to score or win the goal of the game, is to keep it at play. Building the kingdom of God can be illustrated by building a tower.  As long as the ball is in play, …we win.  But if we let other things hinder us from keeping that ball in play, …we lose.  For there are 2 sides.  The side that is building.  And the side that opposes us building.  What keeps the ball in play?  Staying in the game, or in the contest.  What can I do to ensure I stay in the game or contest?   The opposition wants to defeat us.  “Our” side’s only victory is building on the hope of God.  Both sides have religion in this contest, but the other side has nothing to offer.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? (Verse 28).    If building a tower, we have to have a plan.   If others see you don’t, they will mock, for they are watching, to see if you really are building.   It’s important for them to see that.  For they have no hope.   Instead they have turmoil.  They watch you because you have made a declaration (you profess Christ).   They are watching to see if you really finish, or are just another “flash in the pan.”  They won’t believe you if you “leave off” at any place in the professed plan.   Your professed intention to stay began, when you began in the race.  If we don’t have certain things in place, we will lose to the other side.  Our side is to build.  Their goal is in tearing down the tower, or the kingdom of Christ.  A declaration to build for Christ, brings out the opposition ready to tear your tower down.  Their goal is to cause you to leave off building.   A “landscape” of battles that were not finished.  God demands more than a half effort.  Regardless if others that build towers, leave them unfinished, we dare not let up building for Christ.   Don’t even pretend to build, unless your determination is to complete your tower, or “to keep the ball in play.”  It will require you to bear your cross. This is a symbol of a spiritual death to your self, of your fleshly pursuits, and a reflection of that to the world in which you live. 

In order to keep the ball in play, we must first be “dead to the world and sin,” and the way I live, is a reflection whether or not I really am.   We must no longer have hope to have some part of the world back, but truly forsake it, and any person, family, or otherwise that would try to prevent you.  To no longer enjoy or go back to those things God saved you out of.  If you’re going to build for Christ, you must sacrifice, die out, and stay dead to the flesh with sin’s worldly pleasures.  “Keeping the ball in play.”   We need to count the cost to stay in the game to win.  What will it cost you?   The opposition will try to convince you it cost too much.   It will require a determination to keep building!   Don’t set a price, “cap” or limit on what you will expend.  That will ensure the devil will successfully challenge your limit.  Satan will then win.  He will ensure you don’t keep the ball in play.  So sacrifice to build!   Determine to keep the ball in play!   

Keeping The Ball In Play…..