Introduction: God has something better for His people. However, we often need to learn some lessons along the way. This discussion centers on how, “We should be mindful of our children, serving, and fleecing.”
1. We should choose our children over our sins. Notice in Judges 6:30-31 that Joash chose his son over continuing to worship baal. First, there are some things that are just sinful. It is one thing for us to drink, cuss, and gossip among our friends, but it is another level when we include our young people.
On the other hand, there are some things that are not sinful by themselves, but they become sinful, when they become a stumbling block to others (see Rom. 14:14-16). Modest consumption of alcohol, playing cards, going to the movies, and playing bingo can fit here.
But church preferences can fit here as well. Will we choose our preferred worship style over what may attract others? Will we choose our preferred oversized status buildings over buildings that house ministry for generations to come? Let’s work on choosing our children over our sins.
2. The enemy doesn’t play fair. Notice in Judges 6:33 that the enemy gathered and positioned for the next attack, while Gideon was dealing with the idols. In like manner, the devil will do all that he can to attack us, when he thinks he can do the most harm (see I Pet. 5:8).
Our hope is not in the devil fighting fair. Our hope is in God being greater than the devil (see I Jn 4:4b; Rom. 8:27). Let’s live like we enjoy being on the Lord’s side. This includes obedience, joy, and expectation.
3. Be available for service. Notice in Judges 6:34-35 the implication that the surrounding Israelites cooperate with the call to serve. God is still calling His people to serve (see Eph. 2:10).
God often calls us to serve through the leader that He sent. We should always remember that we are serving the Lord who deserves our best in service (see I Cor. 10:31).
When we consider Jesus’ ministry, the Holy Spirit’s ministry, and the Father’s always working things out for our good (see Rom. 8:28), we should conclude that God deserves our best in service.
There seems to be too many people who are more concerned with being loved and respected by people than with serving the Lord. God will not hold us guiltless for doing so little, with so much, after our fore parents did so much, with so little. Let’s work on being available for serving the Lord.
4. The Bible is more authoritative than fleeces. Notice in Judges 6:36-39 that Gideon used a fleece as a way of discerning God’s will and confirmation. As New Testament disciples, we should prayerfully study and obey God’s word as our authoritative truth (see II Tim. 3:16-17).
God can do whatever He chooses to do with fleeces, signs, dreams, and the like. But the prayerfully study and obedience to God’s word is the most authoritative way of knowing God and His will for our lives.
Let’s live like we believe that the Bible trumps other signs. This should include prayerfully studying and obeying the Bible.
5. We should make sure that we obey. Notice in Judges 7 that Gideon went to the next chapter and obeyed God. Too many people are always learning but never maturing to living by what they have learned (see I Tim. 3:7).
In times like these, God is calling us to be doers of His word (Jm. 1:22). Our communities, loved ones, and we need healthy churches. Are you living like you are ready for the next chapter?
Think about your personal stewardship (i.e., mindset, health, and wealth) and church participation (i.e., evangelism, edification, love, worship, community involvement, and excellence). If you don’t like your answer, you can repent (see I Jn 1:8-9). Let’s work on obeying God’s word, so we can move to the next chapter of our lives.
What is one thing you will take from this session and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?