The Game Changer: The Double-Dog Dare

This weekend our sermon was all about the game of “Truth or Dare”. Did you ever play?

I can honestly say that the worst games I was involved in were with my Girl Scout troop friends! Watch out parents. lol

The worst/best were the “double dog dares”. Did you play with those? Some girls would chicken out at the dares but if the dare became a double dog dare… there was no way out of it. Those brought the game to another level. You couldn’t pick what you wanted and then back out. Or so we thought.

Back to this weekend… some good questions were brought up: Why do most of us have memories of playing this ridiculous game? What would bring someone to do something so ridiculous like “sticking peanut butter in their ear”?

I am sure we can blame our desires to play this game on many things: hormones, adrenaline, peer pressure… but when we really take a look at the “why” do we take the dares could it be because we long to really live? Deep down do we desire to live in the “dares”? Do we long for a life we can say was beyond what we had planned?

dareGod sent Jesus Christ to REALLY make clear His Truth: I love you _______ (put your name here) and I will stop at nothing to show you that. I am sending the one I love the dearest to be spit on, rejected, beat, and killed for _______ (put your name here).

With that Truth comes God’s greatest Dare: IF you believe Me, if you believe that Jesus was sent for YOU… then I have a Dare that will blow your mind. I have a Dare that will rock your world. I have a Dare for you _________(put your name here) to have  a life beyond what you could ever plan or dream up.

What is His Dare? Hold to what He teaches (in the Bible) and DO what it says. I DARE you to love people who suck. I DARE you to be committed to your spouse (emotionally and physically) . I DARE you to help people when you can’t even help yourself. I DARE you to trust ME even when you can’t see what the H*** is going to happen next. I DARE you to not give up on my Truth even when it compromises how happy you feel today.

Bottom Line: If we call ourselves “Christians” we must be “Christ” FOLLOWERS. We must give up us, ourselves, our pursuit of our own aspirations for happiness AND take His Dare. Then, and only then, can we live a life beyond any adolescent adrenaline rush we can create on our own.

If you crave the rush of being loved, being right, winning, alcohol, shopping, sexual attention, drugs (prescribed or not), having control… boy, you are in for a whirlwind beyond what any of these “crumbs” can give you. Trust the DARE from the Creator and Lover of you. Are you willing to have your world rocked?

 

John 8:31-32
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Luke 9: 57-62

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

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