Death, Life, Wisdom

Death, Life, and Wisdom Sermon Audio Here

Vince Lombardi and Jerry Kramer
Ecclesiastes 9:1-2,7-10

During a practice session for the Green Bay Packers, things were not going well for Vince Lombardi’s team. Lombardi singled out one big guard for his failure to “put out.” It was a hot, muggy day when the coach called his guard aside and leveled his awesome vocal guns on him, as only Lombardi could. “Son, you are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, you’re not putting out. As a matter of fact, it’s all over for you today, go take a shower.” The big guard dropped his head and walked into the dressing room. Forty- five minutes later, when Lombardi walked in, he saw the big guard sitting in front of his locker still wearing his uniform. His head was bowed and he was sobbing quietly.

Vince Lombardi, ever the changeable but always the compassionate warrior, did something of an about face that was also typical of him. He walked over to his football player and put his arms around his shoulder. “Son,” he said, “I told you the truth. You are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, you’re not putting out. However, in all fairness to you, I should have finished the story. Inside of you, son, there is a great football player, and I’m going to stick by your side until the great football player inside of you has a chance to come out and assert himself.”

With these words, Jerry Kramer straightened up and felt a great deal better. As a matter of fact, he felt so much better he went on to become one of the all-time greats in football and was recently voted the all-time guard in the first 50 years of professional football.

On Our Way To The Finish Line, We

Remember our Common End
Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 ~ We All Are The Same In The End

  • The whole of Ecclesiastes is about trying to figure out the meaning of life; the Teacher reaches the conclusion that all of humanity will end up the same, no matter what the circumstances of our individual lives. We all will pass, and none of us has direct knowledge of what awaits us after that passing.

Choose How To Live
Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 ~ How we respond to life is a choice

  • v7 don’t be sad that all is temporary; take joy while you live
  • v8 PUT ON joy; choose it
  • v9 joy chosen in community, not isolation
  • v10 live on purpose (don’t just exist) cf john 10:10

Love On Purpose
Romans 12:9-13 ~ we don’t carry out the actions of love by accident

  • v9 NASB “without hypocrisy” – single minded devotion (note how this idea continues)
  • v10 intentionally be affectionate with the family of God
  • v11 be spiritually zealous as you serve Jesus (not just hyped up, but spiritually charged)
  • v12 because of hope, be cheerful; because of trouble, be steadfast; because of prayer, continue in close attention
  • v13 engage in holy fellowship, expand your circle

Jesus sticks by our side until His character is revealed in us, all to the glory of God.

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