"How To Be Ready When God Calls You

For Something Special"

1 Samuel 16:1-13


There have been a number of times in my own life where I have said to God, "Whatever it is you want to do with my life, God, I am yours. Use me as you will."

I remember praying this as a senior in high school when the challenge to go to Bible College and prepare for the ministry was presented to me. I remember praying this as I neared graduation from Kentucky Christian College. I remember praying this after my ministry ended in Ohio in 1996, not sure where I would be headed next. And then came the call to come to New York and minister here. Today marks the start of my fifth year as your pastor.
No doubt many of you have had similar experiences. Youíve also said to God, "God, I want to do something significant with my life, something that makes a difference."
One thing I have learned is this: God calls people to do something special for him who are ready to do something special for him. Many of us want to do something special for God, we just arenít prepared.
What can you do to be ready when God calls you for something special?

In order to answer the question Iíve posed, I would like to take you to a portion of the life story of a young man who was called to do something for God that was very special - so special that it blessed the whole world. I refer to David, and the portion of his life I want you to see is found in I Samuel 16:1-13.

As mentioned last week, Saul was the king of Israel. He was not a man of God, and was not the choice of God to lead the people. The people of Israel were paying a dear price because of Saul.
God determined that Saul, the peopleís choice, must be replaced. Sort of like when a sports team isnít going well and the owner determines that the manager or coach needs to be replaced.
Godís word to Saul through Samuel the prophet was final: "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to your neighbor who is better than you." (I Samuel 15:28).
David, a young shepherd boy of Bethlehem, the son of Jesse was that neighbor who would be the next king.
Read 1 Sam 16:1-13
Keep in mind that Saul was never Godís choice in the first place. It was Israel who demanded a king so they could be like the nations around them. Saul was manís choice, not Godís choice.
David, though, was chosen by God not by men. As a matter of fact, as this account unfolds, you are going to see that man would never have chosen David. David was a nobody in manís eyes. He didnít even impress Samuel! David was Godís choice and was used in many ways by God
What can you do to be ready when God calls you for something special?


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