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 toserve 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)
The story is about a man by the name of Larry Walters, a 33-year-old man who decided he wanted to see his neighborhood from a new perspective. So, he went down to the local army surplus store and bought forty-five used weather balloons.
That afternoon, he strapped himself into a lawn chair, to which several of his friends tied the now helium-filled used weather balloons. He took with him, something to drink, a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and a BB gun, figuring he could shoot the balloons one at a time when he was ready to land.
Walters, who assumed the balloons would lift him about 100 feet in the air, was caught off guard when the chair soared more than 11,000 feet into the sky–smack into the middle of the air traffic pattern at Los Angeles International Airport. Because he was too frightened to shoot any of the balloons, he stayed airborne for more than two hours, and forced the airport to shut down its runways for much of the afternoon.
Soon after, he was safely grounded and cited by the police. Reporters asked him three questions:
“Were you scared?” “Yes.”
“Would you do it again?” “No.”
“Why did you do it?” “Because you can’t just sit there.”
Some people just sit there and never achieve their dreams in life. Those who refuse to attempt dare out their dreams will never know or to become a part to the end of their dreams. Joseph followed God’s plan for his life and ended up where God wanted him to be at the end of his dreams.
Joseph: God’s greatest trusted servant leader (Discovering & Developing The Servant Leader In You)
I. Joseph had it right but he had to learn how to use it right. Genesis 37
A. Joseph was a dreamer but he was more than that. He was the Lucida of his family that out shined his brothers.
B. Jacob points out the exception in Joseph; vv.1-3
C. Joseph aroused the jealousy spirit in his brothers. It is their jealousy that will cause Joseph to rise to greatest stardom. vv. 4,5
D. Joseph’s bragging will become the compass to his destiny and the test of his servanthood; vv.6-11