Last Sunday, Alex York brought the next sermon in the series "Devoted: A Study in the Life of David." This message was called "Who's the Protagonist?"
First, we got a report from four youth who went to FUGE Youth Camp.
Then Alex began preaching from I Samuel 16.
He asks the question, "Who's the Protagonist?" in this passage.
Saul made a choice against God, and God honors our choices.
Saul has rejected God and it brought consequences. He's fading in significance.
Samuel has learned about obeying in spite of circumstances. God doesn't fault his feelings, but still gives him a job. My feelings don't dictate what God is up to.
-- Obeying in spite of feelings
-- Obeying in spite of perspective
I Samuel 16:7 -- God sees differently from us. The world places value on externals.
-- Obeying in spite of not knowing the whole plan
-- God's been preparing David.
He's learned humility, to defend the sheep, and spiritual leadership by being a shepherd.
Saul's servant has heard of David and says he's skillful with the lyre, brave, a warrior, well-spoken, and fine-looking. These are already baked into his life at a young age.
God uses our lives to prepare us.
-- God's been positioning David.
God used circumstances to bring David to the king's court.
What is God preparing, positioning you for?
God is doing the orchestrating in our lives.
God is the protagonist.
David understood it's all about God.
This is God's story.
This chapter is about God working out his plans.
God invites us into His story.
Let God be the protagonist of your story.
When God's the main character, even the hard things make sense.
This is not our story. Even as a church, our building is not about us, but about how we can love the people of this community.
He must increase, I must decrease.