Introduction: All of us have had times when we thought that something was so important in the moment, but later on we discovered that it was not worth it (e.g., car, relationship, career, etc.)? This series helps us see that some things are just not worth it. Today’s discussion centers around the unanointed kingship of Abimelech. The thesis is, “We should be mindful of our motivations, methods, and repentance.”
1. God is calling. Notice in verses 8-13 that the olive tree, fig tree, and grape vine understood living by their purposes. First, God has a purpose, plan, and call for every saved person. Ephesians 2:8-10 teaches that we are not saved by good works, but we are saved to do good works.
Second, some parts of God’s calling are very clear. We don’t need to have a special dream or hear a voice to know that God calls every saved person to prayerfully study and obey His word for every area of our lives (i.e., mindset Col. 3:2; health I Cor. 6:19-20; wealth Lk. 19:11-27; relationships Ecc. 4:12; II Cor. 6:14; positive impact Mt. 5:13-16; etc.).
Third, when we are unclear about what God is calling us to do (e.g., which job, which house, which person to marry, etc.), the following tips can prove helpful: 1. Always ask the Lord to help you understand and obey His will; 2. Review biblical principles; 3. Seek wise counsel; 4. Exam your peaceful conscious; and 5. If you make a mistake, adjust. Let’s work on understanding and obeying God’s calling on our lives.
2. The devil is calling. Notice in passages like Ephesians 6:11-12 that the devil is always trying to get saved people to go the wrong way. Any pleasure that you get from doing the devil’s will is cheese in a mouse trap, and you are the mouse.
The devil can get you and those around you so mixed up. Matthew 12:30 teaches that we are either following the call of God or we are against the call of God. Let’s work on keeping the devil from using us.
3. Be careful with ungodly people and resources. Notice in Judges 9:4 that Abimelech hired “reckless scoundrels” with money from idolatry. You know that he should have had better sense than that, right? Do you behave as if you have better sense than to try to do God’s will with ungodly people and resources? You have to do God’s will, God’s way.
John 3:19 reminds us that people love darkness when their deeds are evil. If you find yourself sneaking around and joining yourself to wicked people and using resources from ungodly places on your job, in your community, or in your family, by the time you get to the end of the story, you may discover that it is not worth it. Let’s work on being careful with ungodly people and resources.
4. Be careful with murdering others. Notice in Judges 9:5 that Abimelech murdered his brothers. John 10:10 teaches that the thief comes to kill, but Jesus comes to give life. I Chronicles 16:22 teaches us to avoid touching or doing harm to those whom God has anointed.
As you live your life on your job, in your community, and in your family, be careful about allowing the devil to use you to cause harm to others. The devil can use us to cause harm by assassinating people’s character and reputation. It is not worth it. Let’s be careful with causing harm to others.
5. Will you follow Abimelech’s example? Passages like I John 1:8-9 reminds us that saved people can and should turn from their sins. Abimelech and many other died in their sins. This is what the devil wants for you. But you can choose to get off “Abimelech road” and get on “the Jesus road.” Let’s make sure that we repent of our sins.
What is one thing you will take from this session and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?