Charles Steinmetz was a genius in the field of electrical engineering. He was born in Germany, a dwarf and a hunchback, and early in life showed amazing proficiency in math and science. As a young man he emigrated to the United States, where he helped develop some of the early technology that shaped the 20th century. For example, he built the generators that powered the first Ford assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan. There’s an old story, probably just a legend, that says one day the assembly line shut down without warning. None of the mechanics could figure out the problem. So Henry Ford called Charlie Steinmetz. The old genius came over, tinkered around for a while, threw a switch, and suddenly everything sprang back to life. A few days later, Ford received a bill for $10,000. Henry Ford was one of the richest men in the world, but he was no fool. He wrote Steinmetz a note: “Charlie, don’t you think $10,000 is a lot of money for just tinkering with a few wires and switches?” He received an itemized bill in reply. It read: “For tinkering with wires and switches: $10. For knowing where to tinker: $9,900.”
This week, we begin a new sermon series called "Hearing God's Voice and Knowing His Will." We'll discuss how to recognize the voice of God, how to make decisions according to His will, and how to know His plan for your life. But here at the beginning, we'll take a look at Matthew 6:25-33. I do believe God has a plan for each life, that He has a will for many of our decisions, but He doesn't want to be Charlie Steinmetz, just showing up to fix our problems and then leaving us alone. His will for each of us is much bigger and more world-changing than what we dream of. Let's talk about it this Sunday.