Sermon for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost (8/17/14)
Text: 1 Timothy 6:17-21
Theme: The Christian Grabs Life by the Horns
Part 4 of a sermon series identifying What Christians Look Like
How many of you know the slogan of Dodge (the car company) of the top of your head? I’m sure you’ve all heard it before: Grab life by the horns.
This year marks 100 years of Dodge selling cars in America, an incredible achievement. To celebrate they have put together a special commercial. Have any of you seen it?
It’s really quite clever. Dodge, a 100 year old company, interviewed a handful of 100 year old people, asking them what they have learned over their hundred+ years of life.
The sound bites they collected off these old folks create a powerful commercial that plays off the rebel in all of us that wants to grab life by the horns.
“Live for now, because life is good – you make it good. Don’t complain. Don’t be afraid. Don’t always do what you’re told to do. Don’t be a sissy. Suck it up. Hesitate and you lose. Be a bad boy. Raise hell. Put the pedal to the medal. Live fast. Grab life by the horns.”
I couldn’t help but think about this Dodge slogan when I read the lesson from Timothy for today, because Paul (the author of Timothy) says essentially the same thing, doesn’t he? Paul encourages us to “take hold of life” – which sounds an awful lot like grab life by the horns, doesn’t it?
But there’s a difference, isn’t there? Continue reading