THE PERSON WHO IS USEFUL TO GO
Intro.1. Olympic gymnast champion Peter Vidmar: “There is one quality that rises above all, and without it the athlete is not complete. The ingredient is desire. The athlete with the greatest desire to succeed will stand a greater chance of reaching his or her goal….A five-year study of many of the United States’ top athletes, musicians & scholars concluded that ‘drive & determination, not great natural talent, led to their extraordinary success.'” 2. DESIRE, DRIVE & DETERMINATION: All necessary to live faithful lives. a. 1 Cor. 9:24-27 – We compete for an imperishable crown! b. Phil. 3:11-14 – Desire, drive & determination…Translates into action! c. 1 Cor. 15:10 – Paul had the “3 D’s”, & by God’s grace he succeeded! 3. Like the potter & the clay, God will shape & mold His people into what He wants us to be. We must be supple in His hands – willing to let God use us in His service for His honor & glory (3 D’s) – Phil. 2:12-13. 4. 2 Tim. 2:19-21 – Purify yourself & you will be useful for the Master, prepared to do His work. I. THE KIND OF PERSON WHO IS USEFUL TO GOD. A. One Who Has Godly Priorities & Objectives – cf. Rev. 2:5. 1. Matt. 6:33 (Two-fold) – Seek first: a. His kingdom – Rule & reign of God in one’s life. b. His righteousness – Quality or state of being righteous. 2. Whatever your vocation is, it must never be your life’s ultimate objective, because no matter how noble it is, when all is said & done – temporal. 3. God wants & uses people who have chosen eternal objectives. B. One Who Will Pay Any Price To Do The Will Of God In His Life – Lk. 14:27-28, 33. 1. 2 Tim. 2:3-4 – Having committed oneself to God’s ob-jectives, we must steadfastly resist the temptation to be entangled in the world’s glittering attractions – Jas. 4:7-8. 2. Must ask yourself the question: “Is there anything standing between me & God?” Remove it!! 3. If you want to do God’s will regardless of the price, everything you are & have must belong to Jesus Christ! (3 D’s!) C. One Who Loves The Word Of God – cf. 2 Ths. 2:10-12. 1. Jer.15:16 – Insatiable appetite for word of God. a. Do you crave it like food? Submit to its authority? Or, do you “pick & choose” what you believe & obey? (1 Pet. 2:2) b. cf. Surgeon – Scores of books to master. c. Christian has one book to master, the Bible. (3 D’s!) 2. Must invest time in order to master it: a. 15 min. day = 91 hrs./year. b. 5 hrs. / week = 260 hrs. / year. 3. 2 Tim. 2:15 – Must first love the word of God – Then we will be driven to serve God, to be useful to God & to be used by Him. D. One Who Has A Servant Heart – Matt. 20:25-28. 1. v. 25 – Men enjoy being served & exercising authority over others. 2. v. 26-28 – Not so with Christians. a. Motto of the British Royal Military Academy: “Serve To Lead.” b. Jno. 13:12-17 – Lesson of Jesus (Humble service is our obligation!). 3. To be used by God & useful in His service we must deter-mine to serve others, Not be determined others will serve us! E. One Who Has A Love For Lost Souls. 1. cf. Peanuts cartoon – Charlie Brown says: “I love the world. I think the world is wonderful. It’s people I can’t stand.” 2. Yet, Christians are to be like God (and God loves all men, Jno. 3:16). 3. Matt. 7:12; 22:39 – God can use us to influence & convert others if we love the souls of people enough to take the gospel to them! F. One Who Does Not Trust In Himself – 2 Cor. 1:9-10. 1. Psa. 42:5-6, 9-11 – Trust in God & set our hope on Him. a. Worldliness is living as though you have no need for God. b. Christians can never afford to live that way! 2. Rom.7:18 (Eccl. 7:20; cf. w/ Lk.17:10) – It is not due to our superior power that we are blessed by God! It is by His grace! (cf. Paul) 3. Heb.4:16 – Rest our case with the Lord & trust His power & grace. G. One Who Has Learned Self-discipline – l Cor. 9:24-27. 1. To serve God re-quires self-discipline & sacrifice. 2. cf. A horrible thing can happen to a Christian: -When I die, to have the Lord say to me: “Michael, let Me show you what your life could have been like if only you had done what I asked, if only you had been faithful to Me, if only you had disciplined your life as I wanted you to.” – Phil. 1:27 (cf. Jas. 4:17)
Conclusion1. God uses faithful men & women – (Heb. 11). 2. You cannot become or remain a faithful person by simply being a “week- end” Christian! 3. When we have Desire, Drive & Determination we will achieve our goal of being useful to God!