Living With Heart

Everybody loves an underdog story.  Something inside us wants the little fellow with heart, to beat the big fellows with talent.  That’s why the story captured in the movie Rudy is so compelling.  After the sermon, however, I’m wondering how this applies beyond football.  What does it really mean to live  with heart?  Killing evil giants is great, but how does that relate to my life?

This was why I included the story of David dancing with all his might before the Lord.  At times we put our whole heart into something and enjoy the benefits that comes with giving our all for a good cause.  But David dancing didn’t have anything to so with accomplishing anything.  He was simply overcome with his celebration of the nature, the power, and the holiness of God.  God’s ark was coming into Jerusalem and His presence would finally be in the center of the nation.  David is so overcome with emotion that he just went all out in expressing it.

Can you imagine King Saul dancing before the Lord?  Me neither.  It’s not dignified and opens one up to tremendous criticism.  In our language today,we would say it doesn’t look presidential.  But what would happen if all of God’s people didn’t care about such things?  What if we became so overcome with the glory and majesty of God that we were unashamed to lift our hands or even fall on our faces?  What if we were so grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus we did outlandish things with our money and possessions?  What would we look like if we loved God with all of our heart?

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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