Man’s Zero but God’s Hero SERIES: THE RELUCTANT HERO
Judges 6:15 NLT
15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
Hebrews 11:32 NLT
32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.
Ways we insult God—By saying, God can’t…
- FORGIVE me
- RESTORE me
- USE me
God achieves His purposes through HUMAN instrumentality.
1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT – All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
Exodus 3:10-11 NLT – 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
How to overcome the reluctant hero syndrome:
- I. See yourself not for what you ARE but what you can BE.
Romans 4:17 KJV – (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
- II. Abandon people who only see you for who YOU ARE and never for what you CAN BE.
Judges 6:25-27 NLT – 25 That night the Lord said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. 26 Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.” 27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord had commanded. But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town.
Matthew 25:21 KJV – His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
- III. Only God can MOVE you from where you are to where you can be.