I spent ten years sitting at the feet of Rick Atchley in Abilene, TX. Rick is the most effective preacher I have ever heard when it comes to telling a story and then applying it. Years ago, I heard him illustrate a sermon with a story about the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
No Patch Jobs
It seemed the tower was tilting an extra centimeter each year. The 18th floor was in danger of collapsing. A guide was leading some American tourists on a tour and was telling how the engineers were trying to correct the problem. He told how engineers had poured tons and tons of concrete and had just made a general mess. So a tourist asked them, "Well, did it have any effect?"
"Yeah,” the guide answered, “before that it leaned a centimeter every year; now it leans two."
Rick’s application spoke of how that tower was like people. People want patch jobs. They want someone to come in there and just stop the leaning a little bit.
Jesus said that people, at their core, are not good. Jesus wants that old life dead. He wants people to be born again (John 3:1-5).
Most people want patch jobs, but what they don’t want is what they need to hear.