God wants us to be ready (available) to serve in the various capacities.
Monday, January 27, 2010
Pastor George M. Matthews, II
A. St. Luke 5:1-6 1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
1. God will recompense you to the degree of your consecration to Him. In other words, the degree of your consecration will dictate the degree of your compensation.
A. Judges 13:1-12 1And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. 2And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 3And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 4Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 6Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 7But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. 8Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 9And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am. 12And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?
1. Manoah does not question God’s ability; he makes himself available to God.
B. A Readiness to Serve
1. Availability Further Defined
a. Availability comes from a Latin term that is comprised of two words: (a) a-valer which means to add; and (b) valer which means to be strong or of worth.
b. Available then is a person who makes his own schedule and priority secondary to those he serves (strong enough to be for someone else).
-Availability is the ability to add strength or worth to another person.
-Availability is the quality of one who stands ready to contribute of his strength and talent to someone else.
-Availability is recognizing in making others successful (God’s purposes), you become successful.
-Availability is not always a matter of duty; cursory – to carry out a function without heart.
-Availability is voluntary.
-Availability should not be thought of as something you have to do; this destroys the spirit of availability.
-Availability is something you are willing and happy to do because you are committed to the success or needs of the person you are serving.
*This controls your attitude.
*God wants us to not only have this attitude towards others but also towards Him.
*It is tragic when God’s people are unavailable to Him.
Isaiah 63:5 5And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
II. A READINESS TO SERVE
A. God wants us to be ready (available) to serve in the various capacities.
1. Are we ready (available) to satisfy and answer questions from the Word regarding difficult situations people find themselves in? (If you are not available for Bible study then you cannot be available to answer questions)
a. In Acts 8, Phillip is available to explain the gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch
-I Peter 3:15 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
2. Are we ready (available) to serve in every good work (to do something good)?
– Titus 3:1 1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
3. Are we ready (available) to stand before the Lord at anytime?
– II Timothy 4:6 6For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
4. Are we ready (available) to supply to others? (The key to wealth in the Kingdom of God is when God can trust us to be distribution centers)
– I Timothy 6:18 18That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
5. Are we ready (available) to spread the Word?
– Romans 1:15 15So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
6. Are we ready (available) for the second coming of the King?
– St. Matthew 24:44 44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
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