MEN GOD CHOOSES FOR HIS GREATNESS
THE BIG IDEA: To review men in the Bible that God called and used in His service to make Him great among men.
BIBLE FACT: God uses His own sovereignty to process and to call whom He wills into His employment to represent and to serve Him.
How God Chooses His Servant
God takes the person (Divine invitation)
God breaks the person (Divine motivation)
God makes the person (Divine dedication)
God blesses the person (Divine inspiration)
God uses the person (Divine exaltation)
Joseph: God’s greatest trusted servant leader
(Discovering & Developing The Servant Leader In You)
God’s Call Is Clear
God’s service call is clear, definite, personal, and authoritative. It assures that the omnipotent, omniscient and sufficient Caller will assist the one called in unchanging faithfulness. It assures that response is possible. It is dependent upon the obedience of the one called. A chisel is a lifeless piece of steel, but controlled by the hand of the sculptor, it can aid in producing wondrous statuary. Who can estimate the blessing caused mankind because of yielded obedience to Christ’s call by Peter, James, John, Paul, Luther, Livingstone, Carey, Hudson Taylor, Moody and a host of others? Who can estimate the catastrophe to all concerned had they not obeyed?
God’s service calls test faith. God’s sufficient grace is always available for the task, despite any sense of unworthiness or inability upon the part of the servant. Ann Hasseltine, considered by many the most popular young woman in New England, married Adoniram Judson against advice of many well-meaning friends. Fourteen days later they sailed for Burma. Her suffering and heroism with her husband is history. They labored six years without a visible convert. When Judson died, there were 63 churches and 7,000 Christians in Burma.—Gospel Herald.
Joseph: God’s greatest trusted servant leader (Discovering & Developing The Servant Leader In You)
I. Joseph is sold to save others; Genesis 37:36; 50:19-21
A. God knows how to work through the bad stuff.
B. Joseph is sold to serve his promoter (by God); Genesis 39:1
A. Joseph served to prosper Potiphar; vv.2-6
B. Joseph’s service is rewarded with jealousy and envy; vv.7-10
C. Joseph’s sincerity is contested; vv.11-18