Jul 26, 2015 - Rev. Andrew Beard
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We are all a part of the story of God. He invites us to be a part of his story, and he wants us to invite other people to be a part of that story too.
What are some ways you can invite other people into God's story? (Sunday school, VBS, confirmation)
Ability has nothing to do with appearance. What are some abilities God has given you?
Recap- Continuum: Called Out
Last Sunday, we began a new series called Continuum. In the beginning there was chaos and disorder, and God swept in and made something beautiful out of it. Since then, God has been unfolding his story- a story of redemption and reconciliation. This is a story we are invited into. We are called to be a part of the continuum of God.
Sometimes we try to opt out of this because we don't think we have what it takes, but the truth is that ability has nothing to do with appearance. We see this clearly in the story of David.
At this point in God's continuum, Saul had been serving as King of Israel. Saul looked the part of a king. He is literally described in the bible as being handsome and a head taller than everyone else. He looked the part, but he wasn't living up to it. God sends Samuel to anoint the new king, and he tells him that he will show Samuel who the new king is supposed to be. God sends him to Jesse's family to perform a religious ceremony, but also to choose this new king.
Jesse brings in all of his sons to show them off to Samuel. All of his sons except one: David. David was the youngest and smallest. He was out in the field shepherding while the others were being paraded around. After seeing them all, Samuel asks if there are any other sons. Jesse admits that there is one more son, but he didn't think he would be considered for the part. David comes in, stinky and sweaty from working in the field, and Samuel hears clearly from God that this would be the new king.
Ability has nothing to do with appearance.
We are all called out of the field and into the continuum of God. God can work in us in ways we can't yet comprehend and will never realize until we enter into his continuum.
Will you choose to be a part of this incredible story, this continuum? Will you help others to be called out and enter in as well?
In the movie, The Imitation Game, one of the lines sums up Sunday's message: “Sometimes it's the very people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine.”
We are called, through the power of God, to do things no one can imagine, if only we come out of the field.
Tuesday: 1 Samuel 20:1-11
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 20:12-23
Thursday: 1 Samuel: 24-34
Friday: 1 Samuel:35-42