Friends
 
This coming Sunday is the last message in the summer series called “Encouragement.”  The final message is called “God is looking for people” I love the verse found in 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 
 
Throughout the Scriptures and throughout the history of the Christian church, we find that God has done unexpected things with unexpected people.  He has done extraordinary things through ordinary people.  When you re-read the key verse for today, the verse does not say God is looking for strong men and women; it says God is looking for people whom He can be strong on behalf of.  I have said this many times, God is not looking for ability as much as He is looking for availability.
 
When Jesus Christ was here on the earth, God did what He wanted to do through the body of Christ physically.  And all that God did, He did through His Son, Jesus Christ.  But Jesus Christ died, was resurrected and went back to heaven.  Today, God still works through the body of Christ.  But the body of Christ is you and me.  We are the body of Christ.  We are His eyes, His hands, His feet.  And what God used to do through Jesus Christ, physically, He now wants to do through His spiritual body, the body of Christ.  He does not do it through groups, but He does it through individuals. 
When God was looking for a man to lead the nation Israel, whom did He select?  He chose a boy named David who was watching over a flock of sheep.  When God wanted someone to lead an army to defeat the Midianites, the enemies of Israel, whom did God choose?  He chose a cowardly man named Gideon who couldn’t even muster up the courage to show himself publicly.
 
When God was looking for a leader of the army of Israel He chose a woman named Deborah, and she lead them to victory.  It’s almost as though the Lord goes out of His way to choose someone and then raise up him or her.  Then people will have to stand back and say, “This is the work of the Lord.”
 
One thing is clear in the Scriptures: The individuals God found to carry out His work did not necessarily look like they would amount to much.  He chose people who, at first glance, did not even to appear to have what it took for the task at hand.
 

"God is looking for people thru whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan only things we can do by ourselves"
AW Tozer

 
God is searching for people who want to worship Him.  Worship must be vital and real from within and it must be based on a true perception of God.  We should worship Him in “spirit and truth” which means that real worship comes from the spirit within and is based on true views of God.  Worship must have heart and worship must have head. Worship must engage your emotions and worship must engage your thoughts.  Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full of unspiritual fighters. Emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates flaky people who reject the discipline of rigorous thought.  True worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine.
 
God is searching for people who want to grow spiritually.  Jesus said, "But the time is coming—indeed it's here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.  The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way" (John 4:23 NIV).
 
Jesus told a story called the “Parable of the Sower”, which is a parable about spiritual growth and how people respond to the Word of God.  The bottom line is that we decide what kind of soil our hearts will have by the way we hear God's Word.  We determine whether the soil of our hearts will be responsive.
 
God is looking for people who will stand in gap for others.  Ezekiel 22:30 NIV, "I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one."
Israel was far from God, (sounds like today).  The leaders were abusing their God-given power.  The people turned their God-given desire to worship towards worthless idols. God's chosen people were making choices against Him.  And God looked for someone ... anyone ... to build up the spiritual walls and stand in the gap.  But He found no one.  Can you believe this?
 
God is still looking for people to build spiritual walls and stand in the gap.  He is looking for moms more concerned about their daughter's walk with God than their circle of popular friends.  He is looking for fathers more concerned about their son's heart than their batting average.  He is looking for leaders unwilling to compromise regardless of the pressure.  He is looking for men and women to stand strong in the face of culture. He is looking for people who will demonstrate to family and friends what it looks like in real life to follow hard after God.
 
Here's the question.  As God looks for someone to build up the wall and stand before Him in the gap, whom will He find?  Here is the bigger question--will He find you?
 
So, if you want to grow spiritually, you will.  And if you don't want to grow spiritually, you won't.  It is as simple as that.
 
Make Every Day Count!
 
Barry
 
Come Sunday God is looking for you!