I can't remember the names of all seven of Snow White's dwarfs, but I
don't feel bad about that. I do remember one - Grumpy. Actually I've heard
that the Grumpy shirt is one of Disney's big sellers these days. I might
know why. Grumpy is kind of the mood of a whole lot of people these days.
I mean, you know, when you take just the state of politics in America,
most people don't seem to be very excited about anybody. We've got one
group who wants us to stop spending money, and then there are some who
want people to stop making money. And there are some who don't like what
the President's doing, and some don't like what Congress is doing. And a
lot of people aren't impressed with any candidate so far. "Hello, Grumpy!"
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "None of the Above."
See, if there was a "none of the above" choice on the ballot, he might
just win. I mean, it doesn't matter whether you're in America or many
other countries of the world, we're just hurting for a leader who won't
let us down; who can actually do something about the baffling tangle of
problems we have. And it's not just politicians who've let us down.
Sometimes parents fail us...a church or a pastor fails us...a leader that
we've looked to disappoints us...betrays us.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised. Our leaders are a lot like us. And I
know I sure haven't been everything people needed me to be. I'm sure I've
disappointed folks along the way.
As much as human leaders may have let us down, it doesn't change the fact
that our hearts are hungry for someone to look to; someone who can take us
where we haven't been able to go ourselves. Who totally lives what he
says...who not only promises hope but delivers it...who can fix the
unfixable...who we can follow with the confidence that they care about us
more than they care about themselves.
That's Jesus, and only Jesus. As our word for today from the Word of God
in Romans 10:11 tells us, "Anyone who believes in Him will never be
disappointed." I sure haven't been. This Man who had the power to walk out
of His grave has had more than enough power to change what I couldn't;
people I couldn't change, problems I couldn't fix, dark parts of me that I
couldn't control. He's led me on roads that didn't always make sense on
the first mile, but always ended up putting me in a better place.
And there's no doubt about Him caring more about me than about Himself. He
offered Himself to be nailed to a cross and separated from God so my sins
could be erased and I could be with Him in heaven forever. And anybody who
loves me enough to die for me will never do me wrong.
There really is a hole in our hearts that's starved for a loving leader
for our life. A "shepherd" as Jesus said. He said, "My sheep listen to My
voice; I know them, and they follow Me." And where does following Him end
up? He said, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish" (John
10:27-28). That's a promise that only Jesus can make, and only Jesus can
keep. And it may be that in a heart that's listening today that feels lost
inside, needing someone to look to, looking for that person who can fix
what you can't fix, take you where you've never been able to go, make
sense out of the scattered pieces of the puzzle, then you're ready for
Jesus and He's ready for you.
Why don't you reach out to Him today and say, "Jesus, I'm Yours. You died
for me; I can trust You. I'm Yours." Go to our website. Find out there how
to be sure you've begun your personal relationship with Him. Go to
Remember a couple of years ago, we heard a plane crashed in the Hudson
River? And I thought it was just going to be massive carnage. Instead we
saw "the miracle on the Hudson." This jetliner's engines had been totally
disabled, it looked like there was going to be a tragic crash. But their
captain, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, was a veteran fighter pilot,
airline pilot and crash investigator; probably one of the few pilots who
could bring them in safely. And he was the one at the controls.
I've been on some flights where I wish I could have picked the captain in
the cockpit. I've never been able to pick the pilot for my flight, but I
got to pick the pilot for my life, and it's Captain Jesus.
He's the one Pilot who can bring you in safely...no matter what happens.