It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of missions without realizing our personal role in the mission. For example, many love sports. They sit on the sidelines and pull for their favorite team but never step foot on the playing field to make a contribution themselves. They are great cheerleaders but not actual contributors. Sadly, the same can be said for members of the local church as well.
You are God’s method. We want to see you become this, this year. We want you to commit to it. And don’t let it intimidate you. Disciple making is simply teaching someone to follow Jesus as you follow Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus has promised to help you. So, identify your one. Ask God to help you identify one person you can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, bring to faith in Christ this year.
Can you imagine what would it look like if every one of the people here this weekend did this, and asked God, “God, give me one person I could bring to Jesus”?
During our walk through First and Second Samuel, we’ve seen and learned a lot. We’ve discovered a God who answers prayers, uses children, pursues His children, and uses people despite their weaknesses. Yet, there’s a constant theme that weaves itself through 1 & 2 Samuel. It shows up again and again, in different people, different circumstances, and different methods. What we discover is that God is a God who restores.
Faced with three terrible options, King David chooses to fall into the hands of a gracious God. In his moment of repentance, he declares he will not present an offering to the Lord that cost him nothing. David understood the importance of counting the cost, a task Jesus would charge His followers with as well. Have you truly counted the cost of following Christ? It's a free gift that cost you everything.
If you want to harvest righteousness in our life tomorrow you must plant seeds of righteousness today. Don’t be afraid of your sowing wickedness! You acts of goodness and righteousness are 250 times more powerful! Now is not the time to whine--it’s the time to sow! Sow with abandon and choke out the weeds. Sow to the Spirit and reap a life worth living! You don’t have to reap what you sow, you get too! I am a child of God. I can and will make a impact. For a 1000 generations!
Hosea 10:12 NLT - I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’
The best of us are the worst of us. Take heed if you think you stand... Temptation is not something to play with it is something to escape from. If you fall, repent quickly. What a church believes will shape how it lives. If you believe you will have a fear of God. A church who is serious about the fear of God will flee temptation and if they fall will quickly repent.
After settling into his palace, David turns his attention to building a home suitable for God. Except, God doesn't want one. Not yet. Instead, God promises to build David a house--a dynasty--that will last forever. Because ultimately, God doesn't desire to dwell among His people, He desires to live in them. And it's this reality, Christ in you, that is the hope of glory.
If you want to be a man or woman after God’s own heart you are going to have to show mercy. I get the fact that we need wisdom for this. But we can ask god for that. He will give it liberally. I’ll give you a hint, err on the side of mercy. It is His mercy that made us His when we deserved eternal punishment. His mercy has given us eternity. Given that, don’t you think you should show mercy? Jesus said be merciful just like your Father.