December 21, 2019

F.U.A.G.N.E.M. - Mark 14:6-9

"We've got a little slogan at our teenage Kamp called K2 that I get to be a part of in the summertime and it's called FUAGNEM. It's not in Webster's. It just means 'Fired Up And Going Nuts Every Minute.' Basically it means the person who gives it all, all the time will end up winning the game."

 

Family Discussions:

  1. What does it mean to give it all to Jesus?
  2. What did the lesson of the perfume bottle teach you today?
  3. What do you tend to hold back for being a give-it-all Christian?
  4. Why is it so hard to have a FUAGNEM, as we say, Fired Up And Going Nuts Every Minute attitude when it comes to your faith in Christ?

Transcription:

00:13          Well, you talk about a hero. This verse today is really a hero. Maybe you would say one of the most insignificant people in scripture, but not so to Jesus. Jesus is in Bethany and he's at the home of Simon the leper. And as he comes in there, a woman comes up to him and she takes this bottle of very costly perfume and she anoints Jesus with the bottle of perfume. And some of the followers were indignant. You know, they were like, 'Hey, you know, you could take that perfume and you could, you know, sell it and feed the poor.' But Jesus says this about that woman. I think it's a great example to you and me today in our life for Christ. He said, "Hey, leave her alone. Why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to me for you always have the poor with you and you do not always have me. She's done what she could and she is anointing my body beforehand for the burial. He says, truly, I say to you, where ever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."
 
01:20          We've got a little slogan at our teenage Kamp called K2 that I get to be a part of in the summertime and it's called FUAGNEM. It's not in Webster's. It just means 'Fired Up And Going Nuts Every Minute.' Basically it means the person who gives it all, all the time will end up winning the game. I don't know the whole story behind this woman, but I imagine because she was probably very poor that she had been saving this perfume her whole life. Perhaps every birthday she had, you know, her parents would put just a little bit more perfume in the bottle. You know, in those days, that sort of thing was scarce and was very expensive. And I think Jesus basically was saying to her, you know what? Leave that girl alone. She has given me every thing that she had.
 
02:10          I'll never forget a Superbowl years ago that I paid close attention to because I'd been leading some Bible studies with one of the teams in the Superbowl. Well, they were beaten because the quarterback of the other team had said to his team, I will give it every cent I've ever made in the game for one Superbowl ring. That team went on the field and they creamed the team that I had been working with because they were willing to give it all. I remember my son Cooper when he was a sophomore, he was going to play high school football and in our little town that he played for sophomores don't play. And I said to him, I said, Cooper, don't expect anything this year on the varsity. They never give it sophomores. And he said, dad, I'll either get a brain concussion and I'll die or I'll start. Well, you know the end of that story after about four games, you know, they were starting him in the first playoff game. He got player of the game. Because you know what, when you want it bad enough, you know, it's probably, if it's a good goal, if it's a good incentive and God's behind it, then it's probably going to happen.
 
03:16          So here's the questions for today. It's one thing to give it all for Superbowls. One thing to give it all the start on your team, but what does it mean to give it all to Jesus? What did the lesson of the perfume bottle teach you today? And then the second question is this, what do you tend to hold back for being a give-it-all Christian? And then the third question is this, why is it so hard to have a FUAGNEM, as we say, Fired Up And Going Nuts Every Minute attitude when it comes to your faith in Christ? And the thought for the day is this. If Jesus was visiting your house today, would you give him your most prized possession whatever it is?

"When you're thankful, you see that there's so many people who have less so many people who would give it all."

Family Discussion:

  • Why is discontentment such a joy stealer?
  • What is the hardest area of your life to be content in?
  • How does drawing closer to the heart of God make contentment more real to you personally today?

Transcription:

00:13 Do you always want to know what the favorite is? Well, this verse at the end today is the favorite of more probably of the Kanakuk kids that I work with than any other here at sports camps. And here we go. It's in Philippians chapter 4 verses 9-14 and it says: "the things you've learned and heard and seen in me, practice these things and the god of peace will be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last, you've revived your concern for me. Not you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I've learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means. I also know how to live in prosperity, but in each and every circumstance I've learned the secret of being filled and going hungry both in having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

01:09 What is he talking about that? I think he's talking about contentment. There's an old tale of the old Texas rancher who once said, "I don't want much land. I just want everything that joins me." Being from Texas, I can understand that. During a professional basketball strike, I remember years ago an athlete who had signed a contract for over $106 million said "the problem with the NBA is the owners are just too greedy." I know a beautiful young lady who won a huge national beauty pageant. Her boyfriend would criticize her looks because he said she had features that weren't perfect enough. Are you kidding me? Every year, thousands of very, very thin American girls literally starve themselves into sickness and many into death because they just can't get skinny enough.

02:06 Contentment is being happy with whatever we're given. Finding peace with the body that God gave us, finding joy in our circumstances, being content with our looks, finding comfort in our level of wealth or poverty. It's a state of mind that can only be found if we're truly relying on God as our source of happiness and fulfillment. You can't get rich enough. There's always somebody with more. You can't get beautiful enough. There's always somebody who has prettier features. There's always a hotter car, a faster horse, bigger biceps, more popularity. So what's the key to that perplexing problem that just seems to plague everybody in our nation? To put it simply, I believe it's an attitude of gratitude, that is, being thankful for what we have every day. When you're thankful, you see that there's so many people who have less so many people who would give it all.

03:08 Give it all to be as blessed as you are. Would you say to yourself today, "I'm going to be like, Paul. I'm going to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. If you can practice that attitude every day, your anxiety level will diminish. Your smile will increase as quickly as you can change your mind. Does that mean stop competing? Does that mean stop trying? Does that mean stop improving? No. Not at all. But it means being content in whatever level of improvement you're in. Here's the questions today. Why is discontentment such a joy stealer? And secondly: What is the hardest area of your life to be content in? And then this is a good one. How does drawing closer to the heart of God make contentment more real to you personally today? And here's our lifeline for the day. I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

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