by Andrew McQuitty

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How God Selects His Superstars (1 of 17)
E. Andrew McQuitty

Introduction: What catches God's eye?

A. We live in an age of superstars--larger than life celebrities whose achievements and wealth make their fame take on legendary proportions.

1. From Bobby Boneia to Nolan Ryan to Michael Jackson to Kevin Costner to Ross Perot to (Russ Ware!), superstardom reigns. Such people often work to carefully hone the platinum image they project. Movie stars involve themselves in all the politically correct causes, politicians hire spin doctors and media consultants to help them look presidential, and sports figures have their agents to project just the right front.

2. What many people don't know is that God also has His superstars--men and women who are quietly but heroically making a difference in their world as they serve Christ. You and I know only a few of their names; great wealth and notoriety is usually absent from their portfolio. But they are superstars nonetheless because God applauds their lives and rewards them for all eternity.

B. I suppose it would be nice to be a Madison Avenue superstar. But if I had to choose, I'd go for the Superstardom which lasts forever. I'd want to be in God's Hall of Fame. I suspect the same is true for you; I'd even guess that's true for the Michael Jackson's of the world who know how empty--even boring--mere temporal success can be. The fact is that God has placed the desire in all of our hearts to make our lives count for something that lasts. This morning, we're going to see what it takes to do that as we learn how God selects His superstars. . . READ 1 Sm. 16.1-13. In this passage, we learn a basic principle and receive a direct challenge. . .

I. The principle: God cares more about our hearts than our haloes.

A. Scripture: 16.1-13

1. Background: forty years had passed in Israel since the period of the judges had ended in a mudslide of apathy and compromise. Samuel, God's prophet and the one ...

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