The Significance of Nobody

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The Significance of Nobody

June 13th 2015

Pastor Robb Stancer
 
Destiny Worship Center

Introduction:

Today we’re going to talk about the effect of what the Lord can do with just one man. A man He chooses. ….A murderer.

A man who had some small notoriety, but in the grand scheme of things he was just a nobody. In some ways he was just like most of us. Some education, Some influence, But nothing really special . . . until God got a hold of him. And He used this man to turn the world upside down. This cold-blooded killer’s name was Saul.

Acts 9:1-19 “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
 

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. “

Wow! Can you imagine what this experience was like for Saul? Here he was hunting down these Jews who thought the Messiah was Jesus of Nazareth, having them imprisoned, stoned like Stephen, and murdered, and now he comes face-to-face with the risen Christ . . . and realizes he’s wrong!

Everything Saul thought he knew and believed, at least initially in these three days, was wrong. He had blatantly sinned against God, murdered his fellow Jews with a near reckless zeal, and was now completely blind, helpless, afraid, and mixed up on so many levels that Freud would have a meltdown analyzing him.

Saul was a mess. He was spiritually concussed! And he had to think about it for three . . . long . . . lonely . . . days.

And then Ananias tells him about Jesus and heals him!

And now . . . what if it happened . . .to you? What if God chose you to be His instrument? So how does God select someone insignificant like you or me or Saul? A real nobody . . . even a murderer!

Look at

1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Moses and Daniel come to mind as big nobodies who became somebodies, but the biggest nobody was just a kid . . . David.

  • Look at how God picked that smelly shepherd boy, Jesse’s runt son, who grew up to be the king of Israel:

1 Samuel 16:1-13 “The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the LORD chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.”

  • So David was a kid. Nothing special, really. He had a good heart though, but Saul was a murderer with a bad heart. Two extremes. It’s mind-boggling what God’s criteria is for a “chosen instrument.”
  • Just about the most insignificant person in the Old Testament, David went on to kill Goliath and rose to greatness as the leader of God’s nation. I wonder why God picked him.
  • Here is a look at his life as a grown praying man:

2 Samuel 7:18-23 “Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: ‘Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign LORD, is for a mere human! What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant. How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?’”

  • We all know what David did for God in the Old Testament. He was a superstar for God. And in the same way, Saul went on to be the most important figure in the New Testament, devoting his life to bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles.
  • So when Saul believed and became known by his Gentile name of Paul and took the message to the rest of the world, it was a very big deal . . . especially for most of you in this room today . . . but it was nearly a deal breaker for many Jewish Christians.
  • If God can use a smelly shepherd, he can use you!
  • Certainly someone was praying for Saul. His worldwide impact is too great not to have been prayed over and through and around by some sweet believer.

Conclusion:

And now . . . what if you could be that person for a new Saul?

Would you become a writer?
A pastor?
A missionary?
A philanthropist who gave millions to the Gospel?
An evangelist?

What would you do, as insignificant as you are, for Jesus Christ if you knew you could not fail? If He chose you to be His instrument?

I’d like to challenge you  to consider doing this. You have already been chosen to be his instrument….

Be that insignificant prayer person behind an insignificant “Saul” who becomes a significant “Paul” for our generation.

Pray that God would bring them to Him if they do not know Jesus, grow them to spiritual maturity, and use them to make a significant impact for the kingdom of God.

Is there someone insignificant in your life whom you could prayerfully mold into a Paul?

I challenge you today to prayerfully give that idea some real time, mull it over, and see if God doesn’t put someone on your heart. Someone who just might become a somebody for Christ because you helped them with your prayers.

Someone like Saul of Tarsus.

A significant nobody.