1 Kings 15:25-16:34

1 Kings 15:25-16:34

1 Kings 16:2Vintage message from February 27, 2000.

Do you realize that God has called each of us, and especially, especially men who are called to leadership within the church, that are called to leadership within their family…we have been given a great responsibility to lead. God has given people to us who we are responsible to, to show God’s love, to show faithfulness. Our faithfulness to God. Our faithfulness to God’s Word. Our faithfulness to raise our families to know and love God… And there is not one of us sitting in this room today that does not have a call of leadership on your life. I don’t care how young or how old you are. There is not a one of us that has failed in having a call placed on us to lead someone, somehow, some way with our life… We can either abandon the godly leadership, the role that’s been laid before us, the help that God can give us, we can abandon it or we can trust the God Who created us. We can trust the God Who has given us this responsibility, and rather than bowing to the idols that are in our homes, [we can] cause them to cease to be idols and use them as the tools they were meant to be…

We spend literally hours of our lives trying to find the right kind of entertainment that will make us feel good. Rather than wasting that time, we can give that time back to the Lord and use those things in their proper context as tools. It’s not wrong to sit down and relax for a while and watch some TV. I don’t see anything wrong with that. To listen to the radio. To read a good book. But, if that’s where the majority of our time is going, if we fail to pray, if we fail to get into God’s Word (and understand, I’ve talked to people, many people, who tell me, “Dave, I just don’t have time to pray and read the Bible. There’s just not enough hours in the day!”), but you know what? I’ll bet they sure were enjoying the three and a half hours of television they watched last night…but there’s not enough time in the day to read God’s Word or to pray. These are responsibilities of leadership that we’ve been given. We’ve been called to be examples…

Do you want a blessing in your life? Live the example that Jesus lived for us! Take the call to leadership. Husbands, dads, men, take the call to leadership; to live the example that Jesus lived before us. He may not have physically come and washed our feet the way He did the disciples, but He left us a beautiful picture of how He did it [John 13:12-17], and He has cleansed each of our souls. He’s forgiven our sins. He has worked in our lives. He has led us by the hand. The very things we need to be doing to a dying world. The things we need, as husbands, to be doing to our wives: taking them by the hand, leading them into God’s Word, sharing our enthusiasm and our excitement about our love for God. Wives, women, you have the responsibility to take those around you. Paul tells us, older women teach the younger women. And what are you to be teaching them? How to raise their families and love their husbands. A call to leadership. Children, you have a call to be responsible to your parents. and we have a call of responsibility, a call of leadership, to step out into our communities, to lead people to that place where they will meet and at least be given the right to know and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. That is the greatest responsibility given to the disciples of Jesus Christ…

The call to leadership is a serious business… And I know [this] is the thought in many of our minds, “Who am I? What am I? Why would anyone want to follow me? Why would anyone want to trust me? I’m a nothing!” God uses nothings! God can raise the dust up, if He so chooses. God loves to raise men and women up who will honor Him and respect Him and be an example to the community around them, so that He is glorified, so that His strength is shown to a world that is lost and dying without Him.

Pastor Dave Elkins