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October 29, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for unity today. The Bible-based Dr. Don Wilton simple question can I buy you a Coke or perhaps insert your favorite drink in there, and Dr. O'Donnell explained just a moment as he wraps up the absolutes of a purpose driven life and discover this message and more on our website. TW online.org Dr. Don Wilton not going to say to you that I truly believe that God could use today as a very significant guy in your life. I've entitled message today. Can I buy you a Coke. I want to just cost you a question when lost. Did you buy somebody else something to drink. I want you to turn with me in your Bibles to Luke's gospel in chapter 22 is what the Bible says I'm in verse 24.
A dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.
Jesus said to them, the king of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them. Call themselves benefactors, but you are not like that. Would you look at me for a moment want to say to this congregation wherever you are today in rib you find yourself that we are not like that. And if we all, we ought to be a people who are far less concerned about who is the greatest than my I drive by you something to drink. Well, let's see what happened.
Verse 26. Instead, the greatest among you should be. The young black, the youngest, the one who rules like the one serves for who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves. Is it not the one who is at the table but I am among you as one who serves you all those who have stood by me in my trials and I conferred on your kingdom. Just as my father conferred one on me so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel. Simon, Simon, Satan has lost permission to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.
And when you have turned back, that you may by someone else.
My prayer is that God would teach me more and more every day that the greatest thing that I can do in life is to be about the business of offering someone else something to drink. I want to submit to you today my friends in Christ that this time of worship is going to be a time of intense personal examination. If you open your heart and you will ask the Lord to speak to a heart he's going to do that. I promise you is going to do that is going to bless you is going to bless you lack perhaps never before. I'm most cognizant of the fact that there are literally hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of our people that spend the majority of their lives more concerned about buying someone else a Coke. Then they do playing for one limb assumes if I'm going to be able to understand what it is that God wants me to do and if Don Wilton is going to be able to understand how it is that I'm going to be able to serve the Lord, according to his purpose. I submit to you that there are four affirmations that I need to make you beg my pardon.
I'm going to personalize them because I believe that this applies to me. Affirmations number one. I am created to serve God and all the robbery, and the more I study God's word and the more I'm around people like you that have taught me so much the more convinced that I have become in my heart that I was created by God with one purpose in mind. And that was to serve him in Ephesians chapter 2 in verse 10 bull said this, he said, God has created us for a life of good deeds which he has already prepared for us to do.
That's the purpose for which I been created and that is my affirmation number one I come back to a fresh understanding as I understand these 40 days of purpose and as I grapple with that saints purpose in my own life I come back to that foundational issue that I'm created to serve God. Number two I'm saved to serve all people have been created by God but not all people have accepted God's salvation in Christ Jesus. There are literally millions upon millions of people who have said no to him. I cannot understand why I don't particularly understand why it is that the Lord Jesus would look down upon a wretched sinner like me, but I do want you to know that I know that Jesus Christ because of the same blood upon the cross, save me from my sin and the reason he saved me was in order that I might serve him in full full his purpose for my life. Yes what the Bible teaches Jeremiah Sanders the prophet say this in Jeremiah chapter 1 in verse five he said it is he. It is God who has saved us and chosen us for his holy work, not because people like you and me deserve it but because that was his plan.
God's plan for the redemption and for the salvation of mankind was that we would serve him. He created us and that's why he saved Jesus Christ to die upon the cross for us so that we would serve him. There's 1/3 affirmation that I must share with you this morning. Not only am I created to serve not only am I saved to Sarah but I am cold to serve that I've shared with you my testimony you read about it in great magazines and articles and you wrote it in the scope of the new received it on type you might say to me will pasta what is it mean to be called. I believe that God calls all of us to serve him. No one is exempt from that. Some people might look at me and say what you know, I wasn't called to become a missionary.
I wasn't called to be a preacher.
I wasn't called to play the organ like Brian Daly does. I believe that God calls each one of us to be his servants to minister in his name. He saved us bull call Timothy in second Timothy 19 he saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done because of his own divine purpose God has set us apart and he is called us to serve him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and Peter put it like this in first Peter 29.
He said you were chosen to tell the excellent qualities of God who called you.
You mean me. That's right, God's defined purpose for me is that I'm not only created to serve him. I'm not any saved to serve him, but I'm called to serve him, he's issued that call to me and to you to every person who knows and loves the Lord Jesus. Paul put it like this in Romans chapter 7 in verse four he said now you belong to him in order that we might be useful in the service of God. While well there's 1/4 affirmation. Let me remind you what the first three I am created I am saved and I am cold to serve, but there's 1/4 one. That's very important. I am monitored to serve him. I'm commanded to serve him. Some of the people that I just admire most of all our people have been in the service you know we use that phrase.
Have you been in the service and we know what we mean by that.
Have you served your country and some of the greatest heroes that I've ever made. All people have served as medical personnel, doctors and nurses in in the Peace Corps in the military and I we could just go on and on.
It's a tremendous thing that and those who identify with with serving in the service identify with the way in which the service works sometimes you can just picture the scene that you are standing in that day is it by hearing headquarters.
I don't know the warning comes out. The issue comes from battalion commanders we need to see all the following from the same squad and so you gathered together bonding officer walks in you all snapped to attention and he says man. He says we brought something that has to be not let me tell you what this mission is this mission is to go behind enemy lines, I want you to know that this is one of the most difficult undertakings that we've ever undertaken. Yes exactly the way the battle plan is going to be mapped out. I want you to know that I've gathered you here because this is your training you prepared from public like you. There are 30 of you here what we've been told is that we only need six of you and I want to tell you before I rent before I ask you to volunteer that it is all mostly certain that the six of you who volunteer for this mission will probably never come back so I need six volunteers and without missing a beat.
He says you you you you you and you and six men stepped forward not questioning the ideology of volunteerism frame when you give your heart and life to Jesus Christ. There is a sense in which you put on God's battle fatigues here trained in God's Army. He put you in special forces. He allows you to go through Valley and value to refine you to make you what you all the time, is frequently when God says I have a job for you to do and I combined you to do it and we look at ourselves and our comfort zones and we say, but God you don't seem to understand it doesn't suit me right now. The timing is just not perfect enough. Lord I just don't think that I'm capable of doing this.
I think you need to go to somebody else.
There is something singularly significant preferences on the come on God please forgive the eruption will be back with the rest of today's message from Dr. Wilton in just a moment right now in this day and age it's difficult to have the courage to be salt and light as followers of Jesus Christ should be.
We have resources a little help you and that a wonderful book and a wonderful message from Dr. Wilton on her website right email@example.com that's TE W online.org. Here's how to stand strong with these great resources now back today's teaching with Dr. Wilton.
Listen to what the word of God saves Matthew 20 in verse 28. Your attitude Jesus said must be like my own.
Jesus said, for I the Messiah did not come to be served but to serve and do my life. Here are the four affirmations God is put in my heart. Someone I'm created to serve. Number two, I'm saved to serve.
Number three I am cold to serve and number four I am monitored to serve your service, Lord, you have spoken so the question is this why why am I created an called and saved and commanded to serve him well there a number of reasons. First of all, because I am uniquely made. That's why not got an announcement to my care this morning. I am uniquely made. I promise you there is nobody else quite like Don Wilton. Now you Don or me to be saying a man writing me notes and I'll get that from my sons later on I'm just going to tell you is a matter of interest there is nobody like Donald but I'm also going to tell you that there is nobody like Derek Parks bought another one try God he there's not another single person like you will Adams is not another single person like you. I could go up and down the aisles. Jedediah man and women alike and I could look at each one of us and I could make the same statement. Don't talk to Kevin Miller, Kevin Millers got 54 children.
I think when lost, are counted. I tell you mom. He's 54 he's got three that were born the same time triplets like all you could go to Kevin Miller) citing Kevin many Oscar summing are your three triplets.
All identity, just the same. I promise you I know what you'd say go to Jack and Christina Cleveland board. I got two little bundles later two boys twins going on scream all you boys exactly the same. They'll tell you, absolutely not.
Why, because every one of us has been uniquely my Paul put it like this in Ephesians 210 I Love Lucy said we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.
I love that quote in our book by Ethel Walters God doesn't make junk why I was so blessed when I read that Psalm 139 the psalmist put it like this you made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous. When I read that I just wrote down something I wrote it down, read you what I wrote. I wrote my body is a wonderful complexity handcrafted by Gord knit together in minutest detail designed to serve him. Why, why must I serve God because I'm uniquely my butt.
Second of all, because I'm uniquely gifted.
We are uniquely gifted every one of God's creation. That's why we need to serve him. We are uniquely gifted.
First Corinthians 214 tells us whoever does not have the spirit cannot receive the gifts that come from God's word.
Paul said in Ephesians 4 he said Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us in first Corinthians 12.
In verse seven a spiritual gift is given to each one of us as a means of helping the entire church. Do you know that when I hold back on serving God, I heard you.
I deny you an opportunity to have something to drink. Why must I serve the Lord because I'm uniquely made and I am most certainly uniquely gifted but there's 1/3 reason why because my heart is speaking to me, that's why. Must serve the Lord. I love Proverbs 27 verse 19 as I face is reflected in the water, so the hawk reflects the person just think about that as my face is reflected in the water, so my heart reflects the real inner most me. No wonder God and Satan serve the Lord with all your heart. My heart is speaking to me. I can't explain that I can't explain it. It's something about the joy of serving of giving it something about the joy of walking up to the Coke machine with not one doll about two dollars in my it's something about the joy of being more concerned that I give somebody else to drink than I do about taking a drink myself. My heart is just speaking to me: explain couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of playing golf with a man who I had never met before.
I'm told that he's one of the biggest commercial developers in the nation very fine man and I got to meet him and play around the golf with a mod never made them before. Deny middle when we got to the ninth hole we we stopped and we just all went to get ourselves something to drink and some chips and sandwich. Whatever like that.
And as we walked up this man got up and he got out a piece of paper because it was a country club and he he started sonic. I grabbed the Zana said no sir, let me play for the play. For this, and folks he didn't know me from a bar of soap. He knew who I was.
He knew I was a foster first Baptist Farnborough, but we've never met before so there's no background okay and he looked and I said please let me get this in an and he said he said oh, absolutely not know I'm I'm I'm gonna pay for this and I looked at him and I said my friend. I don't know you all that will but I cannot imagine how many times you've bought someone like me something to drink. Would you allow me to buy you something to drink today and I handed over my measly 10 or $11. Whatever it was, and we went back and had a ground and right near the end. He limped over to me and he said something that blessed my heart. He said you know, summing pasta, he said, I have given millions upon millions of dollars to people but you will never know what it meant to me that you bought me something to drink. Why because I'm uniquely made. I'm uniquely gifted because my heart is speaking to me, and number four because I'm the only one who can use my abilities.
I'm the only one who can use my abilities, but what else can do that because it is impossible for somebody else to become you, because what I can do the in so far as I'm able to do my responsibility with Sam, with all the ministry team. You can ask every ministers, one of the stall. I tell everyone of them my number one job on number one responsibility is to in able you to be the fullest expression of who you my job is to make it possible for Sam Davis was Steve Skinner 14 Paul for Britt Dillard. Sell run for every.
It is my job to empower you and to make it possible for you to be the expression of who Sam Davis is why, because he is uniquely my ears uniquely gifted artist speaking to him and he is the only one who can do what God has given. Thank you brother.
That's why just think about it.
Just think about it. First Peter four. God has given each of you some special abilities. Be sure to use them to help each other parsing on to others. God's many kinds of blessings. Moses said to the Israelites in Deuteronomy chapter 8. Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to make wealth so what action must take what must I do about if I have affirmations and I know why these things happen.
What must I do about it. Three things on his group number one take stock. I must take stock of my giftedness of my abilities. We can help you with that. By the way through Place ministries in our church is not any a lot of fun. It will revolutionize your life. I need to take stock. Paul said in Ephesians chapter 5 in verse 17. Don't act closely, but try to find out and do whatsoever. The Lord wants you to do.
In Romans 12 in verse three Paul put it like this. He said try to have a sane estimate of your abilities. We should be relentless as God's people trying to determine take stock of our giftedness about abilities number two I need to accept who I am. If I'm going to serve the Lord not any must not take stock, but I need to accept who I am and nobody else like me know what else like you nobody's gonna be able to do it.
Romans nine Paul put it into such a wonderful description.
He said what right have you to cross-examine God.
The part has no right to say to the potter. Why did you make me the shape surely a partner can do what he likes with the clay or further in Galatians chapter 6 and verse four. Be sure to do what you should put then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well and you want me to compare yourself with anybody else number three in joy understand the joy of servant hood.
When Oscar questioned by what a powerful message call to action for all of us, not just the simple thing large things. Perhaps the Lord spoke to you about giving life to him for Dr. Wilton is preaching now as he steps in the studio. Open your heart to what you want to share.
Next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why did you pray this prayer with me right now.
Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart. In Jesus name, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news. If you just gave your life to Christ to rededicate your life with Dr. Wilton Dr. Don Wilton to have some free resources if you call us at 866-899-WORD right now.
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