Re:Sermon – The Beautiful Mess that is the Call of God

From Judges 14:  Faithful Calling

We never presume the will of God, the mission of God, the call of God is going to be messy. We want God to work things out cleanly and clearly. But we forget about something—sin. Samson is devoted to God, devoted by God, and devoted for God, but that does not make him SINLESS. With Samson we get a picture of a man who is BOTH a faithful servant of God AND a lustful, disrespectful, flippant, lawless, muscle-head gambler with a temper. When God devotes someone to his service—he doesn’t select only clean sinless servants who only make righteous decisions. Newsflash for you, there are no such people. The calling of God takes all that you are and empowers you to be all that God needs. WHO WE ARE is created and shaped in real ways, godly and ungodly, all which work together to shape our service to the Lord. We are born during real times. We are raised by real parents. We are given real personalities. We experience real pain and real pleasure. And we each possess real strengths and real weaknesses that help and hinder us. And God uses all of that, and accomplishes his mission THROUGH all of our brokenness, not just despite it.

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Author: Sam Ford

Sam Ford is a preacher, planter, and pastor from the Pacific Northwest. He is currently pastoring Restoration Road Church in Snohomish, WA.

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