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The scripture passage for this sermon is 2 Samuel 11:6-17.
Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and a present from the king was sent out after him. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. Now when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.” Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants, but he did not go down to his house. - 2 Samuel 11:6-17Faithful men on a mission from God will make a difference in the Kingdom of God.
Points to Ponder:
1. Fight. Faith (or a mission) is something worth fighting for. David should have been on a mission but he wasn't.
2. Focus. David was leisurely enjoying his comforts. He chose pleasure over mission. Uriah chose mission over pleasure. David became sidetracked and lost his joy. He lost greatly because of his sin.
Sin is costly.
3. Finish well. Uriah understood that the mission was worth his life.
Note for older believers. Don't think you're done because you're in the 3rd or 4th quarter of your life. This period of time is what the "game" is all about. If we don't play now, we lose.
We can become grumpy old men and women . . . or we can become difference makers.