Summary: How God will use any one for His kingdom no matter what you came out of or what your background is.
God Wants To Use You To Make a Difference
I want you to turn to your neighbor this morning and say:
1. Howdy Hoe good neighbor
2. God wants to use you to make a difference in 2001
3. God wants to use me to make a difference in 2001
With a new year upon us the Father is on a search. This search is to and fro on the earth. This search is not necessarily for those who are lost, but a search for those who will bring in the lost.
God is looking for men and women, boy and girl who will make a difference in His kingdom. He is not looking for those who have wealth, He is not looking for those who have dynamic personalities, He is not looking for people with great social backgrounds. God is looking for those people who will let Him use them to fulfill what Jesus came and died for over 2000 years ago.
I want to take a look at some of these people this morning so we can understand what God is looking for and who is eligible for this life changing opportunity.
RAHAB – A prostitute in Jericho
Josh 2:1-14 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. "Go, look over the land," he said, "especially Jericho." So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. 2The king of Jericho was told, "Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land." 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land." 4But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them." 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut. 8Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9and said to them, "I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. 12 Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death."
14 "Our lives for your lives!" the men assured her. "If you don't tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the LORD gives us the land."
The Mighty Men of David
11 Here is the record of David's mightiest men:
1. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was commander of the Three – the three greatest warriors among David's men. F87 He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle.
2. Eleazar son of Dodai, (DoDo) a descendant of Ahoah.
He was with David in the battle against the Philistines at Pas-dammim. The battle took place in a field full of barley, and the Israelite army fled. 14 But Eleazar and David held their ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD saved them by giving them a great victory.
20 Abishai, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the Thirty. He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle.
22 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two of Moab's mightiest warriors. Another time he chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. 23 Another time, armed with only a club, he killed an Egyptian warrior who was seven and a half feet F90 tall and whose spear was as thick as a weaver's beam. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with it.