On Being Committed

Dr. Kevin Ezell of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky preached from Acts 20:18-38 today in chapel. Dr. Ezell preached a very entertaining yet passionate sermon. There was no doubt in my mind that he has not only struggled with the principles he preached, but he believes with all his heart that these principles are necessary for a ministry to be glorifying to God.

Sermon About Commitment From Acts 20:18-38

First, he explained how Paul was driven by a commitment to serve others. In so doing, he was serving God. Second, Paul was committed to the message of the gospel to the point of death. Third, he was committed to being obedient to his calling. Even though he knew what awaited him in Jerusalem, Paul knew what he was called to do and he did it.

Dr. Ezell concluded with an exercise in humility. At your funeral, it will take no more than 60 seconds to list all of your accomplishments. Are you striving in this life now so that that list may exceed 60 seconds or are you striving so that you leave behind a legacy of changed lives that is timeless?

Dr. Ezell’s message was very practical message for many of us. It is so easy to make a list of what you want to accomplish and what you have accomplished. It is not so easy to think about the last time you cried with a church member or changed someone’s life through actual fellowship. We are so focused on pouring our theological knowledge into others that we forget to connect with them where it matters most–their life.

To hear the sermon click here. To read more of what Dr. Ezell said click here.

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3 Responses to On Being Committed

  1. Trevin Wax says:

    Terry,

    I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much I appreciate your chapel summaries. For those of us who are no longer in Louisville, it is terrific to have your “chapel in a nutshell” presentations.

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  2. I agree with his intent, but the only trouble I have with using the pursuit of a legacy as an exercise in humility is that legacies that can be spoken at our funerals are legacies that must be known. They are also often those accomplishments that most glorify us. How many of us have gone ahead who had great legacies that were never known? I’d rather strive for the good legacy that will be revealed at the judgment than the legacy I’ll leave behind.

  3. Jim,

    I do not think Dr. Ezell was more concerned about the legacies being spoken of as much as their being established in the lives of others. I cannot recall if Dr. Ezell said that in his message or if I implied it in my writing. Perhaps it was because I included the accomplishment of the legacy with the tangible accomplishments read at a funereal. Regardless, I would agree with you that we should strive for the legacies that will be revealed at the judgment.

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