Art’s Sermons July

Second Presbyterian Johnstown
Second Presbyterian
Johnstown
Art Moffat
Art Moffat

 

You Are An Answer To Someone

Somebody needs you. 

The children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. Two million of them .   They needed somebody.  Someone to release them.  God sent them Moses — a shepherd. 

The Philistine Army used the 9 foot giant Goliath to harass and put fear into the army of the Israelites.  Israel needed somebody.  God sent David — a shepherd.

In both cases, God sends the unexpected.

The Jews in Babylon were in exile from Israel. Every single Jew  would have been  destroyed by decree of the Babylonian king.  His wife Esther, opened his eyes so that he saw that his decree  was against God and the purpose of God.  God sent the king’s wife, Esther to intervene for all of the Jews in Babylon.  Who would have expected  that?

Pharaoh needed someone to interpret a dream that he had.  God would not let Pharaoh sleep until the dream was understood.  A man named Joseph — who was in one of Pharaoh’s  prisons, interprets the dream.  God sent Joseph to Pharaoh.  And then, Joesph saved 100’s of 1000’s of lives from starving from a coming famine.

The Bible, often shows somebody who needs somebody that God  sends just for them.   Each person that God sends seems unlikely to be the right person.

Someone needs you! And they don’t know it.

Someone to whom none else will  be sent.  You are the one.

And you probably don’t know it either.  You might never know it.  You might be the most unlikely person, just like Moses, David, Esther and Joseph.

Your patience may be the answer for someone who others cannot tolerate.  If you are impatient then you won’t be that person’s answer. 

Your encouragement may motivate someone who cannot see what God wants to reveal to them.

Someone—Somebody needs you.  That’s why God made you.

There isn’t anybody that everybody needs.  But somebody needs you.  Needs what God has given to you to give to them.

And you will probably not even know that God has brought you to that person.

There was a man in another town where I once served.  Events in his life had become out-of-control and very tragic. One morning at 8:00 AM, it occurred to me to go visit him.  Now no one wants a pastoral visit at 8:00 in the morning. But I felt urged to go see him.  I didn’t even call ahead of time as I usually do.  When I got to his apartment, he was sitting at his kitchen table drinking coffee. On the table in front of him was a bottle of pills.  As we talked, he would open the bottle and take a couple of pills.  After that happened a about three  times, I just took that bottle of pills and put it in my pocket.  That morning his life seemed too heavy a load for him.  He just didn’t think he could go on.  But God told me to go visit him at 8:00 that morning.  The reasonable hour of 10:00 AM would have been too late.  Today that man is doing fine.  Neither one of us realized what God was doing with us that morning at 8:00.  But God knew.  And there is a man out there today who has a full and rewarding life in the face of some terrible tragedy. 

When Jesus says, “don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing,” He is saying, in part, that we don’t always have all the evidence in our hands to act with complete knowledge.  Still, God knows.  Learn to be satisfied with God knowing.  That is enough.

Nobody else can be like you.  Nobody else can do what God has given you to do. You are like no one else on earth.  Grasp this.  Embrace this.  Believe this. Be bold with this.

God is a creator.  You are absolutely perfect and genetically accurate for solving a specific situation for someone.  Somebody is hungry and thirsty for your presence.  Somebody will starve spiritually or emotionally without your God directed presence in his or her life.

I went to see a friend in a Psychiatric Ward .  My friend was in a large common room with several other people.  We spoke for awhile and then it was time for me to leave.  As I was leaving, I noticed a man at a table drawing a train engine. He looked very forlorn, withdrawn, dejected.   The train engine that he was drawing was really exceptional, so I went up to him and said, “That is a wonderful drawing!”.  The man looked up at me, and within seconds, his whole countenance changed. He smiled, his eyes lit up and he said, “Why thank you.  No one has ever told me that before!”   I believe that I was there at that moment for that man. 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”  Luke 19-1-5

God is always preparing our way.

See, you’ve got to understand this.

1st     God designed Zacchaeus.

2nd    God planted that sycamore-fig tree in just that right exact spot.

3rd     God designed Zacchaeus to need that Sycamore-fig tree.

4th     Jesus sees Zacchaeus  in the tree.

5th     Zacchaeus needs Jesus but doesn’t know it.

6th    Jesus goes up to Zacchaeus — only to him—because God has a purpose in all of this.

Zacchaeus needs Jesus emotionally.  Nobody liked him.  He was a tax collector who had cheated all of them.   But Jesus spent the necessary time with Zacchaeus

So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. Luke 19- 6-9

Jesus was the answer for Zacchaeus. 

Now, it is important for you to recognize that you are not  the answer or the solution to everyone that you think you may be.  God may have planned somebody else for others. You may THINK you are “the answer” for some person, but God may have someone else in mind.  “Being there for someone” requires sensitive prayer.  Quiet listening for God.  Willingness to put down your will and way.

Remember, Moses didn’t know for whom he was to be an answer.

David didn’t know.

Esther didn’t know.

Joseph didn’t know.

And the person you are “here for”  may not see you as the person the Holy Spirit has sent to them to help, to encourage, to guide.

Daily ask the Holy Spirit to give you divine insight into this assignment.

Remember, if you are a believer, God has molded you specifically to be a perfect solution to somebody.  The Pharisees (the church people) never saw that Jesus was the perfect solution for Israel and the world. 

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit does the assigning for us.  You don’t.  And when you take the assignment you become a gift and an answer to the one to whom you are assigned.

You were made for that assignment by Jesus Himself.   You are there in His name. And don’t forget to USE His name.  It is The Holy Spirit who will make the solution possible in you.

Jesus Is Lord.

Amen.