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Out on a Limb

Text: Luke 19:1-10

Intro: The expression, "Out on a limb", is used to convey the idea of a leap of faith. It refers to people who are willing to risk it all on what they believe to be right. The Bible gives three examples of men who were literally out on a limb. They wound up out on a limb because of the path they chose to walk. I would like to share with you the stories of these men and their lives, and as I do, please take a look at yourself and see where you stand today. Let's look together at the subject, Out On A Limb.

A. He Squandered His Blessings - God had smiled on his life! Handsome, popular, beloved of his father (2 Sam. 18:33), noted for his beautiful, flowing hair, (2 Sam. 14:25-26) may indicate a spirit of vanity and pride! (A portrait of the Christian who walks out of fellowship with the Father!) Ill. It is possible to be saved and not be right with God! It is called backsliding! (Ill. The squandered blessings of the wayward child of God!)
B. He Squandered His Privileges – Ill. - Absalom and his privileges. He was the third son of David and Maacah, he was a royal descendent twice over, he was potential heir to the throne. (Ill. The wasted privileges of the wayward Christian - prayer, praise, peace, closeness to the Father)
C. He Squandered His Birthright – He Could have been king some day! The Christian has the potential to become great in the kingdom of Heaven, but not by living outside the boundaries that God has laid down.
1. Wasted potential among the church of God
2. Might have been's or has been’s

A. He Rejected The Call Of God - Ill. Judas was there when Jesus said "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. Matt. 11:28-30. He was there when Jesus raised Lazarus, John 11:43-44. He was there when Jesus walked on the water, Matt. 14:25. Yet, he was able to reject the Gospel message.
B. He Rejected the Command Of God - Jesus' words had been preached around Judas for three years, John 3:16, John 6:47, John 5:24, etc.
1. Yet Judas said no!
2. Outside Jesus, there can be no salvation - Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”!
C. He Rejected The Christ Of God - When Judas turned his back on Jesus, he was closing the door on his own soul – like some do today!
1. He hoped to profit by the silver, but without Christ, he had nothing.
2. When the sinner walks away from the Gospel, he isn't rejecting the messenger, but the Christ of the message!

A. A Desire To See Christ - Ill. There was a longing to see Jesus. When a person begins to follow that light that God gives, he will be led to the Lamb (Ill. The lengths he went through just to see Jesus! Jesus is worth whatever it takes for you to see Him!)
B. A Direct Call From Christ - This is how it works. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day”. John 6:44
1. Jesus calls and the sinners responds by faith. This is how salvation comes to all men! (Oh the glory of being called by Almighty God! What amazing grace! What a privilege!)
C. A Drastically Changed Life - Zacchaeus was always willing to cheat to get more, but when he met Jesus, he was forever changed!
1. There is probably no greater assurance that a man can have, than the knowledge that he once lived a life of sin and has been changed by the power of Almighty God!
D. Placing one's faith in Jesus is anything but a blind leap. We have the Father's eternal, infallible Word that whosoever will can come and be forever saved and changed. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17

Conc: Where are you today? Which limb are you out on? Are you out of fellowship with the Father? Like Judas, are you in danger of rejecting Christ and being lost forever? Or, like Zacchaeus, have you seen the extent of your own limitations and trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Where are you today? Will you come to Jesus? He is calling.


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