Greetings. It’s time to resume our teaching series on “Potential”, and I believe today’s message is going to be a really good one. It’s based upon how David became king, and continues to remind me that God doesn’t call the qualified…He qualifies the called. I pray this message is inspiring and encouraging to those of you who feel like I once did, and to know that feeling like you are unqualified to serve God is a good place to start…because it’s with that humility that God can really use us.
So, let’s see what God has to say to us through this message, and the life of David.
The Smallest One
I don’t know about you, but when I read the story of David it (like the story of Moses) encourages me. Many of you by now know my background that includes a few felony convictions, and that I didn’t necessarily live the kind of life that would lead anyone (including myself) to believe God could use me at all. I believed (like many of you) that all the junk I did in my past completely disqualified me from being able to serve God. I certainly wasn’t out in the field tending to sheep worshiping the Lord like David was, I was introduced to Jesus at an early age (and saved at 6 or 7) but there came a time when I certainly didn’t live like a Christian, and there were many things about my past life including the times in and out of jail and being in and out of trouble with the legal system…I didn’t even look or act like God could use me.
Think about this. David’s own father didn’t think enough of his stature to bring him before Samuel. David’s own father left him in the field while all of his other brothers were brought before Samuel, and one by one God said “not this one”. I felt my life was a whole lot more like the person that God was going to say “not this one” about then the one that God was going to anoint as a pastor to serve Him. Let’s be realistic here. God spoke to my heart in 2001 that He wanted to use me, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I started serving Him.
I went through an 11 year period where I tasted and saw that the Lord was good, but I wasn’t ever able to get out of my own way. I saw glimpses of what God wanted to do in, with and through my life…even while I was partying and living in my sin…I saw how God was trying to work through me. However, there were so many moments along the way where I took one good look in the mirror, and couldn’t get past the reflection of who I saw looking back at me. That’s because I wasn’t looking at myself through the mirror of the Word of God…I was looking at myself through the perspective of my past and how I felt about myself and my past…and because of that I was certain that God was making a mistake by calling me.
Like I said back in earlier messages. I argued with God a lot in those 11 years. I came up with all kinds of reasons why I was disqualified still not understanding that the whole reason I was qualified to serve God was because HE already qualified me before I even stepped foot on the earth. I didn’t understand that it wasn’t me that qualified me to serve Him, but that it was what Jesus Christ did on the Cross for me that made me the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It was the Cross that God justified me, and it was the Blood of Jesus that washed all of my disqualifications away.
Even as I sat under Pastor Stephen Robbins of No Greater Love Family church being taught the Word of God the way God taught it to me over the time I spent being separated from the world. Even as I came down here to start a new life. Even after I moment that changed my life where God spoke that He loved me, and that He had a plan for my life. Those moments weren’t enough to get me to shake the thought that I wasn’t qualified to serve God.
However, that day in November of 2010 was just the beginning. I first needed to not only know about God’s love for me, but I needed to KNOW God’s love for me. On that day, I met the woman who would eventually become my wife, and God began to use her to encourage me, build me up…and help me see me the way HE saw me. It was my wife that began to get me to see myself through the mirror of the Word of God instead of the rearview mirror of my past. Then, God introduced me to Pastor Cass Hill of New Life Christian Center who would be the next man of God that would model Christ, and continue to confirm the Word of God. Then, God introduced me to Revivalist Josh Radford and Pastor Joel Stockstill that preached at a conference at New Life Christian Center which would be the catalyst God would need to get me to see that He wasn’t calling me to fill a chair on Sunday mornings. He was calling me to use my ability to write to serve Him the way Pastor Stephen prophetically said I would back in 2005 or so, and then Pastor Cass taught a series on the Mandate at the beginning of 2012. After that series God spoke to me a very simple theme saying “It’s time to get serious about being serious with God.”, and then in February of 2012 I launched Christlike Ministries NWA.
I finally understood that it wasn’t my qualifications that qualified me to serve God. It was the workmanship that God did on the inside of me, through my life, and here I am today serving God with every message I pen. Taking out the Scripture of the Day posts I’ve probably written somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 messages, and every one I pen is another reminder to me that God knew exactly what He was doing when He let me know back in 2001 that He had work for me to do as He spoke to me through Peter’s encounter with Jesus at the end of the Gospel of John.
My point in sharing all of this with you (and this was a much more personal message then I was planning to write), but if sharing my story encourages you to take your place in serving God then it was worth sharing. The Bible says we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11 KJV). So, if just one person answers God’s call to serve Him through what I’ve shared today that’s one more person that will be a co-laborer in Christ.
This is the perfect place to close and give you the final point to meditate upon:
David was the smallest one of his brothers, yet he was the one to defeat the giant.
Lead me Lord today in Your righteous ways. Teach me Your ways and may I know You more and love you better with each passing day, in Jesus name I pray, Amen
As we find ourselves half-way through this series I’m really excited that God led me to this series. It’s my hope that through this series you will discover YOUR potential, and step into you God-ordained place. If you like this message I hope you’ll take the time to check out the other messages at www.christlikeministriesnwa.com, and the still relatively new www.pastorbryankizer.wordpress.com.
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Thank you for joining me here, and I hope you’ll come back for message number four as we talk about Joseph’s life in: “The One Who Got Picked On”
Have a blessed day in the Lord!
Blessings & Grace;