As we watch the accompanying video, we hear
the speaker give us hope for for making a difference in the world. The Bible text for the sermon is from Judges 6
– the story of Gideon. Perhaps you will want to read that before you listen to
his comments below.
Do you know why you don’t feel like you know how to make a difference in the world? Who
needs you, you may think. Where's the rescue mission? I'm going to get in
on that. Gideon had to give up his comfort, he had to give up his plans, he had
togive up what his dreams were, he had to give up even people's
opinion of him
because, if you read the story, which I hope you read the rest of the story
week, it really seems like he is not being successful, he goes from thousands
of people in the army to only a few hundreds.
How to be a Good Influence
In the eyes of the world his rescue
mission surely isn'tgoing to be that great, He's not gonna be a great influence. He
didn't have a lot
of people around him. But Gideon leans in and says God whatever you're gonna
do, and however it is you're gonna do it I'm completely gonna surrender to you.
Have you come to that place? Listen as Christ
New Testament Christians, how easy should it be for us to lean all in to what
God has for us? I love how C.S. Lewis puts this. He’s this very Paleolithic
thinker andwriter for the Christian faith but I had this quote this week I want
to put it on
the screen, it just had impact on me
and it really goes with what we're talking
Quotes about Hope
C.S.Lewis said, I quote,
“The only thing
Christianity cannot be is moderately important.” You see Gideon had to come to that place. This isn't a moderately important rescue mission. We as New Testament Christians have to come to a place where we can't just go through life and think that just going to church for an hour is checking the box and then we can do whatever we want to do.
Hope For the
I mean just think about it friends, listen, if
true, if Jesus really didn't come from heaven to earth, if He really wasn't who
He said he was, if He really didn't die on the cross, if He really didn't come
back to life and offer us eternity in
heaven, if He really didn't bless our
lives and allow us to receive Him as our Lord and Savior then listen, why don't
we just close up shop and go watch Netflix? What are we doing here today?
Butif it is true, if He
did come from heaven to earth, if He really is who He said
He is.If He really did die on the cross for our sins, if He really
did come back to life on the third day, if He really is coming again and if He
reallyis gonna take us to a place called Heaven, then surely we have to stand uptoday
and say I'm gonna completely give my life to that.
My God, I owe you my ultimate allegiance, Jesus,
the ultimate sacrifice for me. I'm going all in, no excuses, no doubt because
you've wired me to impact your
world. When I was growing up I thought about
missions and our church talked about missions just like we do here. And we usedto say
in three words, pray, give and go.But when I was growing
up and a new Christian, I thought thatwas multiple choice.
Well let's see, I'll pray. I'll do that. I'm not gonnagive,
I'm definitely not gonna go.
Next question. Where's the next Step? Eventhough
Gideon realizes, hey Gideon you have to pray for your people, you'regonna
have to give everything that you've got and you're gonna have to go out. You're
gonna have to do this.
I think sometimes we're hesitant to get
on mission with God,
everywhere because we're scared. Listen, some of us, if we are honest, we're
scared to completely surrender to God because we just are so convinced that he
will send us to Africa. If I go all in with God he's gonna send me to another
country, I know it's gonna be China, I don't even like Chinese food. He's gonna
send me there and its gonna be Cuba. I just know it.
I want to encourage you today. Statistically it is very low on
the scale that God is gonna send you to another country for the rest of your
life. Just statistically speaking, He's probably not gonna, He'll send you on a
mission trip maybe, but He's probably not gonna send you to Africa. But it will
be scarier than that.
He's probably gonna send you across the
street. In your own neighborhood, to them. He's probably gonna send you
across your office to that person that works right down a few desks from you,
He's probably gonna send you right down the hallway of your classes that you goto
at school, He's probably gonna send you to your Facebook friends and realizethat
you can leverage your influence even
on social media for impacting Hisword.
He's probably gonna tell you of a few names
that you can
write down to say, God I'm gonna start praying for them and I'm gonna give thema
verbal witness and I'm gonna go to them and invite them and God I'm gonna beall
in to this mission, no more excuses and no more doubt.
You see one of thethings
I'm gonna ask you to do today is to give an impact card, I'll tell you
how to get one in a minute, but we're gonna allow you to have one of these if
you don't have one already.
Want to give hope in this world? Jesus is quoted in
Matthew 25: 35-40:
Matthew 25:35-40 New
International Version (NIV) 35 For I was hungry and you
gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I
was a stranger and you invited me in,36 I needed clothes and you
clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and
you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will
answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give
you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger
and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply,
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and
sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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