Measuring Up (1 of 13) by Jeff Strite
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Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
I Samuel 16:1-13
OPEN: With Super Bowl Sunday just a week away, I thought I'd share one of my favorite football stories:
The coach at Auburn University - Shug Jordan - had asked his former Linebacker Mike Kollin if he would help his alma mater do some recruiting.
Mike said, "Sure, coach. What kind of player are you looking for?"
The coach said, "Well Mike, you know there's that fellow, you knock him down, he just stays down?"
Mike said, "We don't want him, do we, coach?"
"No, that's right. Then there's that fellow, you knock him down and he gets up, you knock him down again and he stays down."
Mike said, "We don't want him either do we coach?"
Coach said, "No, but Mike, there's a fellow, you knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up."
Mike said, "That's the guy we want isn't it, coach?"
The coach answered, "No, Mike, we don't want him either. I want you to find the guy who's knocking everybody down. That's the guy we want."
APPLY: Thru out Scripture we find God selecting men and women for His service would not have been obvious choices:
Timothy had ulcers.
Abraham was too old.
Naomi was a widow.
John was self-righteous.
Peter was a braggart
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a bigot and a gossip.
Martha was a worrywart.
THESE were not the kind of people you and I would have expected God to pick for His purposes. But, then, Scripture tells us that God does that alot … and He did it deliberately.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 tells us
"…God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him."
God deliberately chooses people that you ...
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