Called to Serve in a Broken World
Mar 10, 2019 Dr. Rick Durst
God is on a salvage mission. He knows this world is broken. So He sends His servant to fix it.
Broken? When, where, & how bad?
• The climate is broken so the new norm is fires and droughts.
• Personal identity is in dispute as sexual identity is redefined.
• Words have become weapons so the new norm is uncivil discourse.
• Politics are radicalized so the new normal is terrorism countered with ever increasing security measures.
• Bay area housing prices are skyrocketing so the new norm for too many is homelessness.
The 9th century prophet Elijah was also called to serve in a broken world.
• Jeroboam 1 (931-910BC) broke Israel into two nations.
• The covenant with the LORD was broken at Commandment #2, no idols. Seven kings later, Ahab “considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam” so he married Jezebel and “began to serve Baal.” 1 Kings 16:31
• Ahab broke the monotheism at the core of the nation by building a temple to Baal and raising up an Asherah pole. vs. 32-33
• Ahab also broke Israel’s heritage by authorizing Hiel to rebuild Jericho. v. 34
Ahab served Baal and Asherah, Elijah served the LORD.
Elijah served as a truth speaker in an increasingly hostile world.
God wants Israel free of its devotion to Baal like He wanted Pharaoh to let His people go. Moses called 10 plagues, Elijah will call for two- a drought and fire. 1 Kings 17:1
• “As the LORD, God of Israel lives…
True theology must be confessed
• “whom I serve…”
Commitment must be declared
• “there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Ministry of word and action must be engaged.
God is never without a voice. He wants yours.
• Cry out, Father, receive me.
• Cry out, forgive me. Make me yours, Jesus.
• Cry out, Send me. Equip me. Go with me, Lord.