MEN GOD CHOOSES FOR HIS GREATNESS
“THE TOOL BOX”
The Natural Man/Boy (flesh) vs. The Spiritual Man/Boy(faith)
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 A Man
God calls the man (Divine invitation)
God breaks the man (Divine motivation)
God makes the man (Divine dedication)
God blesses the man (Divine inspiration)
God uses the man (Divine exaltation)
David: God’s Greatest King
(Discovering the king in you)
From the world of business, Robert J. Kriegel offers an observation about being proactive that applies to churches, “Research shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans (85 percent) are reactive and static, not action- or dynamic- or instinct-oriented. They wait and meet, meet and wait. With a ready arsenal of conservative, conventional wisdom at their disposal, they try to control outcomes in an out-of-control world.”—H.B. London, Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman, Pastors at Risk, Victor Books, 1993, p. 217.
God did not make men to be stagnant and standing still but moving about, making decisions and flowing like a river. Life’s most productive moment is a result of men taking the risks and leading to demonstrate it. God’s man must learn, lead and live. His adventuresomeness and passion for what God has put in him must ultimately rise to the surface and be revealed to the world.
Within in every man and every boy there is a king. God uses a process in life to help the king within a man or boy to rise to the surface. Within this evolving king is something that God want him and those around him to take note. So, every man and every boy must be consciously aware that God is busy at work in the heart and soul bringing out the emerging king.
Perhaps the most important question, at this point, could be: Have you discovered the king in you? The ruler, the decision maker, the activist, the get-it-done, the succeeder, the progresser, the winner, the champion and other unquestionable positive actions that make others to recognize and know the king in you. Every man and every boy has a king within him. He may be still emerging.
Every king is not a good or great king. Great kings in the early days were chosen by God. To the most part, they serve well as they honored God. But, as with every king there are weak moments and strong moments. There are flaws and failures or difficult learning experiences. However, God was always merciful to the king. Kings are generally noted for their work and rulership. Great kings honored their work but at times forgot about God in their ruling. For instant:
1. King Uzziah was very smart and gifted. His smartness and giftedness is what failed him in the end. King Ahab is known as a wicked king, the puppet king.
2. Josiah is known as the youngest king at 8 years old.
3. Under kings Jeroboam and Rehoboam the kingdom of Israel was split.
4. King Saul was the people’s pick as king and he never came under God’s rule.
David is God’s the greatest king.
I. God choses His kings while they are young. Great kings are not made overnight.
A. A child’s training has much to do with choices men make; Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 119:1-16; Proverbs 22:6
B. David was anointed king in his youth without a throne. The throne will come later; I Samuel 16:1-13