Youth Sunday 2016
Pastor Kim Chiolero
Last week Pastor Terry really gave us a great picture of our Identity in Christ and I would like to continue with that theme.
1. Who does God say you are
11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
13 “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”
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!”
16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”
God calls Gideon a mighty Warrior.
In his Society, Gideon was a nobody, a zero.
His family was the weakest in his tribe he is the least in his family.
Gideon is saying, "Hey God, I can’t be used. God, you have got it wrong. You must not know who I am. Do you know the servant of the poor family down the block? Well I am just the gum that is stuck to the bottom of his shoe. God, you must have me mistaken for someone else. I am a nobody, a zero."
Do you ever feel like Gideon?
Like you can’t make anything go right?
Maybe in this tough economy you are struggling to provide for your family, or even yourself.
Maybe you feel like Gideon, just barely trying to survive.
You see God not only knows who you are, The important thing is that He knows who He is.
And God can do all things and make you a useful tool.
He wants to do that because of who He has made you to be.
You are a Child of God.