This should be called “Tuesday” morning preacher. I preached on the call of Gideon last week–Judges 6.11-32. Instead of pontificating about everything I wish I had said, I think I’ll just reiterate the things that I felt were most important. Each sermon I preach there are a few things that stick out to me more than others…these are basically quotes from the sermon:
With Jesus and Jesus with us.
Following Jesus is never about us. It’s not about what we do or don’t have, what we can or can’t do, or what we can or cannot change…it’s about listening to God more than yourself. And after you actually listen, it’s about believing that going on a “risky” mission WITH Jesus is infinitely safer and more satisfying than living a fearfully comfortable life in a winepress thrashing wheat WITHOUT him.
What the true order of things is.
Peace with God, leads to pure worship, leads to bold mission. Purity proceeds strength. And God’s mission to purity begins with the individual and then overflows into his family first. The mission before all missions is in the home first. And man, or woman, cannot lead his family unless his relationship is restored with God. And that same individual cannot fulfill his ministry until his family is restored in their relationship with God as well. This does not mean that he has to “save” his family, or even make sure they are saved. It means that his home, the thing that he leads, must be a place of worship. There cannot be any idols in the backyard…at least not ones that you allow to stay.
When Jesus gives us what we need.
The Lord doesn’t perform the magic trick he wants, but he does do something much more miraculous. Considering his poverty, Gideon brings a costly present. But Jesus is not impressed. Gideon brings what amounts to his life to God—and God takes it and burns it as a sin offering. Gideon expected proof and God gave him peace. Gideon wanted his fortunes restored and Jesus restored his relationship. Gideon desired freedom from his sinful oppression through forgiveness of his sin. Gideon intended to show God how selfless he could be, and God show him the depth of his selfishness.