Thursday, July 16, 2009

Exodus 4:1-17- Sermon Applications

MAIN POINT: WE ARE TO FOLLOW GOD’S CALL IN OUR LIFE.

1) FIRST, WE ARE TO FOLLOW RATHER THAN QUESTIONING OUR EFFECTIVENESS. 4:1-10

Application: We are to recognize that God is with Moses. In the same way, God’s call brings God’s power with it.

i) All believers are “called” to God. By virtue of the fact that you are a Christian, God has ‘called’ you to Himself.
ESV Romans 8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

NAU 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

NAU 1 Corinthians 1:24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

ii) Believers often has a “call” to a particular service or to use particular gifts. God gives us particular gifts and puts us in particular circumstances “at the right place at the right time” so that he might use us.
ESV 1 Corinthians 7:17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.
Context: On marriage, should I get married or not? How about in slavery?—Can God use me where I am?

Consider the example of queen Esther. She too is fearful of her ability:
Esther 4:10-11 10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai: 11 "All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days."

Mordecai reminds her of her obligation:
Esther 4:13-14 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Do not imagine that you in the king's palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14 "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?"
Esther responds:
Esther 4:15-16 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 "Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish."
There is an incredible danger in doubting our call. (1) A believer struggling with whether or not they are saved, needs to rest in the sovereign call of God.

(2) The believer often struggles with his/her purpose in life. Perhaps we feel burdened to help in some way but we doubt that we can be effective. Perhaps, we believe that we should serve in a particularly ministry but the tendency is to question: “What can I accomplish here?”

The strength to stay firm in the faith comes from God. The empowering to serve comes from God. We are to follow rather than question our effectiveness. Just last night Chris Merrick shared with me how a recent trip touch the lives of those who came with. By human standards, the trip would have been a waist. But God made it effective in the lives of some young people who are more interested in missions. Rebecca Zurbrick is heading into mission because of Chris Merrick.

Chris is just a blue-collar kind of guy how could God use him? Chris could never be effective for God—or could he because God has called him?

2) SECOND, WE ARE TO FOLLOW RATHER THAN QUESTIONING OUR NATURAL ABILITIES. 4:10-13

Application: How has God call you? Are you questioning your own natural abilities?

i) God has a habit in Scripture of using people whom the world deems as ‘unusable’ by ever human standard.

ii) Is God call you into ministry and you are raising objections? Perhaps he is calling you to have a second career, to use your retirement for God, to go to the Bible college. Do not put excuses in front of God. “It’s too dangerous” or “It’s too expensive” or “I could never teach people the Bible”, “I don’t have the abilities to be a missionary”. The question you need to ask is: WHO MADE YOU?

iii) Whatever abilities you have, God is calling you to use them for him.
Exodus 36:1 NAU Exodus 36:1 "Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every skillful person in whom the LORD has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the LORD has commanded."

iv) God has brought you into contact with people right now so that you might impact their lives.
(1) Who around you needs to be loved? Maybe someone at your job needs some compassion. Maybe a neighbor needs a shoulder to cry on.
(2) Who around you needs to be served? Maybe someone needs a lawn mowed, a fresh meal, running an errand.
(3) Who around you right now needs to hear the gospel?
1 Corinthians 10:31 31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God
Colossians 3:17 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:23-24 23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

John 17:18 18 "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
v) We all recognize our own inabilities and our own weaknesses. We all know we are human. This leaves us feeling woefully inadequate. (areas: time, money, resources, ability, saying the right thing, trying something new, fear of failure, etc.). It is about turning to Christ in trust. DO NOT FEAR, I HAVE MADE YOU AND CALLED YOU BY NAME.
NAU Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

vi) Often times we are so busy looking at what we don’t have, we don’t ask “what has God called me to do?” Too often we think it is only the preacher, missionaries or the ‘professionals’ who can serve God with their ‘special gifts’. God uses Moses lowly mouth to free the Egyptians. When we question our abilities, we under estimate God’s power. WHO MADE YOU?

3) THIRD, WE ARE TO FOLLOW RATHER THAN ASKING GOD TO SEND SOMEONE ELSE. 4:13-17

a) Application:
i) Since you are redeemed you automatically are God’s witness. You cannot claim: ‘send someone else’ when God has sent you by virtue of the fact that you are saved.
Isaiah 43:11-12 11 "I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me. 12 "It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, And there was no strange god among you; So you are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And I am God.
By virtue of being a Christian we stand as testaments to God’s grace. The question is: How do you stand as a testament to God’s grace? In Christ you are called to be His…no go and live as His; speak on His behalf; serve of His behalf.

ii) Do not flee God’s call. Do not step away from God’s calling and assume that other will do it for you. Evaluate your calling rather than fleeing from it.
(1) First, ask: what gifts and talents has God given me?
(2) Second, ask: what passions has God given me?
(3) Third, ask: what needs are there around me? (the need is not the call, though it may be a component)
(4) Fourth, ask: what unique circumstances am I in?
(5) Fifth, obey: set your heart on following God. Seek to be faithful.
Luke 16:10 10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.

No comments:

"The Voyages..." Forays into Biblical studies, Biblical exegesis, theology, exposition, life, and occasionally some Star Trek...