PEOPLE GOD CHOOSES FOR HIS GREATNESS
THE BIG IDEA: To review people 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)
Life Is Just A Minute
Life is just a minute—only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon you—can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it—didn’t choose it. But it’s up to you to use it. You must suffer if you lose it.
Give an account if you abuse it. Just a tiny, little minute, but eternity is in it! —By Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Past President of Morehouse College
When Stanley went out in 1871 and found Livingstone, he spent some months in his company, but Livingstone never spoke to Stanley about spiritual things. Throughout those months Stanley watched the old man. Livingstone’s habits were beyond his comprehension, and so was his patience. He could not understand Livingstone’s sympathy for the Africans. For the sake of Christ and His gospel, the missionary doctor was patient, untiring, eager, spending himself and being spent for his Master. Stanley wrote, `When I saw that unwearied patience, that unflagging zeal, those enlightened sons of Africa, I became a Christian at his side, though he never spoke to me about it.’—More Illustrations
Our faith in God is to be for show and not just for talk. Joseph was a model servant, brother, son and leader. To not fully appreciate one’s down times as one does the up times makes their witness false. Joseph was a model witness that waited fully until the hour of his life’s biggest opportunity.
Joseph: God’s greatest trusted servant leader (Discovering & Developing The Servant Leader In You)
1. Joseph’s brother committed false modesty; Genesis 43:23-26
2. Joseph’s scheme meets up with purpose; Romans 8:28; vv.27-29
3. Joseph’s compassion boils over at the sight of Benjamin; vv.30-34
4. Benjamin becomes the providential bait and the blessing; 44:1-12