2 Timothy 1:9 “ He has saved us and called us with a holy calling not act to works but act to own purpose.
Gideon was involved in agriculture. (V11)
Distrusting of God’s power. (15)
He was a hard worker, not lazy - successful. (V6)
He had servant’s š Employer. (V27)
His father/family was well known in the community. (V25)
His father deeply compromised spiritually.
He was fearful.
(V11) – Business environment.
(V27) - Men of the city.
(V27) – Father.
Finding – not in normal place – threshing floor.
- concealing what he was doing.
- He was alone – that’s the time God speaks to us.
Mark 1: 35
God sees us differently to what we see ourselves.
God sees our potential – sees past failures – past victories.
God calls us according to his vision of our life.
Ephesians 2:10 Created in Christ – unto good works.
(1) Identity – who he was. (V12)
(2) Standing – the presence of God with him. (V12
(3) Purpose – assignment of the purpose of God for his life. (V14)
(4) Power – The ability to fulfill the calling of God. (V14/16)
3 Objections that God ignored:
(1) Lack of any observable activity of God – Focus on problem. (V13)
(2) Lack of ability to financial prosperity and struggle to make ends meet. (V15)
(3) Lack of experience in standing.
Obedience and surrender are more important than excuses.
What excuses are you making to avoid the call of God on your life?
Gideon’s first response was to make an offering/sacrifice.
Offered a Kid š expensive offering.
Brought it under the OAK š CROSS
Romans 12:1 “Therefore present your body, a living sacrifice”.
“I urge you brothers in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God” – That is your Spiritual Act of Worship.
a) God has demonstrated great love, kindness to each of you.
b) God desires us to respond to his love in practical ways.
c) God is pleased when you present your own body to him.
- Body š Your life – wherever the body is, so are you.
- Body š Practical gifts, talents and abilities.
d) Living sacrifice š your life is dedicated to pleasing God.
- surrendering what you do to God’s control.
- Obeying God’s word – direction for your life.
- yielding out comes to trusting God.
God wants to be the CEO of your business!
(i) (You must) resign from being in control and let go. (Pride)
(ii) (You must) seek His direction daily in decision-making. (Prayer)
(iii) You must represent Him in your lifestyle. (Daily Appointment) - (dedication)
- Attitude to people.
- How you run your business, principles.
(iv) (You must) embrace His purpose for your life and business. (Purpose)
- Your business is your ministry.