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Invitation of Involvement

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INVITATION OF INVOLVEMENT

Luke 1:38, 45; Matthew 1:24

Like Joseph and Mary, am I willing to get involved in the plan of God for my life or just be interested or just inquire?

TRUTH:  God is going to come to us with involvement opportunities.  Like Joseph and Mary, I don’t want to ignore them.

(Ephesians 2:1, Galatians 4:4, 5, Matthew 20:28, Romans 3:25, 2 Corinthians 5:18, Philippians 2:7, 1 John 3:1, John 1:12)  The birth of Jesus is all about God getting involved in mankind, humanity, and people.  He could have left us alone, stayed away, and ignored us but He didn’t.   He got involved by being our Savior, sacrifice, ransom, substitution.

            I.  I. I. (Invitation of Involvement) is your decision but not at your discretion.

  1. It is our right to say yes or no.  God is not going to threaten you, make you or force you.  You have a choice.
  1. God chooses the who, what, when, where, why, and how.
  2. We will not be rewarded for what we did but what we were called to do.

II.  I. I. (Invitation of Involvement) is God inviting you into His favor to be with Him.

      A.  He wants, picks, and chooses you to be His agent, representative, messenger, voice, partner, hand, and instrument.

      B.  Your life goes from ordinary, mundane, and average to extraordinary, memorable and unforgettable.

      C.  (John 10:10, Matthew 4:19, Luke 10:20, Revelation 22:12) Nothing will compare to Him.  (John 6:35, 68)

          III.  (Verses 29, 30, 34, 38, 48)  I. I. (Invitation of Involvement) is always going to make you feel unqualified.  You are not the qualifier; He’s the qualifier.

       A.  Never going to please everyone.

       B.  Never going to make everyone happy.

       C.  You are not called to everyone.

       D.  When you feel like you are qualified,  there is too much of you and not enough of Him.

          IV. (Matthew 28:16)  I. I. (Invitation of Involvement) is going to make someone mad, angry, and upset with you.

      A.  Devil is angry because of courage, faith, and obedience.

      B.  People are angry because you or they didn’t expose their cowardness, sin or disobedience.

      C.  Flesh is angry because it wants to call the shots and take charge.

      D.  (Luke 2:35, Romans 4:21, 2 Timothy 4:7, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 11:23-28)

You may get hurt, feel some pain or discouragement, and things may get difficult, but you have to be persuaded, assured, and convinced about what God has called you to do.  Why don’t people get involved?  They don’t want to be touched, pulled, and stretched.

V.  I. I. (Invitation of Involvement) is when you get involved in God’s plan, He gets involved in your plan.

Matthew 2:12  Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Matthew 2:13  Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him.”

Matthew 2:19   Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.

Matthew 2:22  But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.

PRAYER

God show and expose your plan for my life.  Give me the courage to step out, obey, and follow your plan.

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