Summary: Sometimes the world doesn’t know where or who you are...God always does.
INTRO..overlooked..unappreciated..when is my time gonna come
1. God Picks from the Back of the Line- VS 7
We live in a world so overrun with pretty people
Jesse is asked to bring ALL HIS SONS
Doesn’t even INVITE DAVID
Some say David wasn’t invited...ILLEGITIMATE
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,And in sin my mother conceived me.
If he was...EVEN COOLER
God doesn’t care...Who You’ve been...Where you’ve been...What you’ve done...
He cares about...WHO YOU ARE...WHERE YOU ARE GOING....WHAT YOU GOING TO DO
God uses ORDINARY PEOPLE....
Even Jesus was just an ordinary guy:
Isaiah 53: 2 He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. NIV
God said the last will be first...first will be last
1 Corinthians 1: 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
2. God is waiting on you- VS 11
I know Christians Praying...they’ll say,
“I’M JUST WAITING ON THE LORD!”
HAS IT EVER DAWNED ON YOU...
MAYBE GOD’S WAITING ON YOU!!!..You’re reading, praying, fasting, crying.... Try moving
Christianity is not about...GETTING BY
NOT ABOUT WAITING ON THE RAPTURE
Be ready to do whatever he asks.... PETER/ JEWS.....PAUL/ GENTILES
Old Covenant...Brought Death
New Covenant...Brought Life
Salvation is passing from DEATH to LIFE
YOU CAN’T LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE...ONLY JESUS CAN...IN YOU
Yeah Christ came to Get You out of Hell and into Heaven
He also came to himself out of Heaven and into YOU
You were once dead...NOW YOU ARE ALIVE IN CHRIST
Be who God has called you to be!!! BE ALIVE
He’s waiting on you
3. God knows where you are-
They didn’t where David was for sure...BUT GOD DID
Rahab- 2 Bit hooker...Saved the Israelites and her family...GOD KNEW
Noah- Average Guy...Became a SHIP BUILDER
Timothy- Mom was a Jew, Dad was Greek...Halfbreed...GOD KNEW
Esther- Beauty Queen who stepped up one day...Saved the Jewish race...God knew
Francis was born in New York on March 24, 1820. In May of 1820, when she was six weeks old, she caught a cold, and her eyes became slightly inflamed. The regular physician in Putnam County, New York, was out of town, and a man posing as a doctor gave her the wrong treatment. Within days, her eyesight was destroyed. Francis became blind for life. A few months later, her dad became ill and died. Her mom, widowed at 21, hired herself out as a maid while Grandmother took care of her. Before she was ten years old, she had memorized most of the New Testament and more than five books of the Old Testament. She got the opportunity to attend the New York Institute for the Blind. Fanny Crosby went on to write some of the biggest hymns ever: To God be the Glory, I am thine O Lord, Pass me not, Rescue the perishing.
Other people may have looked over Fanny, BUT KNEW WHERE SHE WAS
Darlene Zschech was a 19 yr old girl working in mail room at a church for 3 years. The church began to suffer, the man who ran the music dept. left and everyone was sure the church would sink without him. They ask to take over the music...encouraged her to do her own music. The first song she ever taught the praise band was a little song she had written called, SHOUT TO THE LORD. She gone on to write: All things are possible, Worthy is the Lamb, and hundreds of other HUGE worship songs. She is now the worship leader of HILLSONG church in Australia, with over 18,000 people every Sunday.
I’m sure sitting in that Mail Room she had thought God had forgotten her... GOD KNEW
I DON’T CARE WHO FORGOT TO INVITE
I DON’T CARE HOW FAR BACK IN THE PASTURE YOU ARE
GOD knows where you are
He is a God of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, chances
He’s grace is sufficient,
and HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER