VERY ABLE MEN
I CHRONICLES 9:1,13
You won’t find the first nine chapters of I Chronicles in your daily Bible reading guides. The reason being, the first nine chapters are genealogical records
But just because it is dry to you and I, it doesn’t means it is not important. The Whole Bible is the Word of God.
It begins in verse one of chapter one with Adam, then goes on to cover 3,500 years of human history of the Jews until the time of their captivity and return to Jerusalem.
It is saying to us that God is on His throne, He is in control. It shows when God’s people obey Him, He will bless them. If they disobey Him, He will chasten them.
In one of the groups of people, we find a choice group of people. In verse 13, The Bible says, VERY ABLE MEN FOR THE WORK OF THE SERVICE OF THE HOUSE OF GOD.
The service of God needed men of God in that day, and it still hold true today. GOD NEED MEN OF GOD TO SERVE HIM
A chicken and a pig came upon a church building and read the advertisement on the billboard out front, which read, "Help Us Feed the Poor." Immediately the chicken suggested they help feed the poor with bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, "There is one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you it only requires a contribution, but for me it requires total commitment."
Many in the church today do not want to be totally committed to the Lord because it demands too much of them.
This morning, let us look at he ingredients that make one a “very able man for the work of God.
I-THEY ARE MEN OF AVAILABILITY:
ISAIAH 6:8-Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isaiah was a man available to the call of service in the Lord’s work.
Notice it was a reverent response. He gave himself completely to the Lord in surrender. It was a ready response. He said, send me. It was a faith response. He didn’t specify where, he just wanted to send to do the work of the Lord.
Unlike Isaiah, so many today are not available to do the Lord’s will. Man have put a sign around their life that says, DO NOT DISTRUB.
Some say I’m just to busy right now. I have too many things going on in my life.
May I remind you, Moses was busy with the flocks at Horeb, Gideon was threshing heat by the winepress, Saul was mule hunting, Elisha was busy plowing, Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the King, James and John were busy mending nets, and Matthew was busy collecting taxes. BUT THEY ALL RESONSED TO GOD’S CALL OF SERVICE
If you are to busy to be available to God, then you are to busy. Allow God to rearrange your schedule and use you.
While waiting in a cemetery to conduct a funeral service, Charles Simeon walked among the graves, looking at the epitaphs. He found one that arrested him.
When from the dust of death I rise,
To claim my mansion in the skies,
E’en then shall this be all my plea--
"Jesus hath lived and died for me."
He was so impressed with that gospel message that he looked for someone in the cemetery with whom he might share it. He saw a young woman, obviously distressed, and called her over to read the epitaph. He took her address and visited her the next day. The home was a scene of poverty and squalor. The woman’s old mother was dying of asthma, and two little children, very dirty, were trying to warm themselves by a small fire. Simeon prayed with the family, visited them again, and found assistance for them. Later, the young woman told Simeon that she had been in the cemetery five hours and was contemplating suicide when he called her to read the epitaph. Because of his concern and availability she trusted Christ and the family situation was changed.