I hope you’ve seen the wasted potential. We want to see children and students and young people to step up and say, “I have lived a pure life my whole life. I have been set apart my whole life. I’ve done the deal my whole life. I’ve been to church my whole live. I’ve only dated believers my whole life. I’m only marrying a believer my whole life. I’m staying in the marriage my whole life. I’m going to hook up with a local church for my whole life. I’m not go down to Timnah. I’m not going to look around. I’m not going to be found and I’m not going to be bound.”
Well, last time we talked about the power of saying yes, and yes is a very interesting word, a word that we all need to say intentionally and strategically, yes. There’s a freedom in saying it. Today I’m talking about no. When you hear the word no, at least when I hear it, I think about negativity. I think about finality. When you think about the word no, that two-letter word no, it just doesn’t sound that cool. Yes, on the other hand, sounds pretty good. No does not sound that great. But today, we’re going to find out that no is huge. It’s a major, major thing in all of our lives. It’s great to talk about yes, but you can’t say yes unless you’re saying no. And I believe we need to say many more nos to every yes that we articulate.
For example, people ask me often about my schedule or about the growth of Fellowship Church. They ask, “What are you doing today different today than you did 16 years ago? What are you doing different today, now that you’re 45, compared to when you were 28, when you began Fellowship Church?”