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17 September 2006

Called to Greatness, Settled for Less

4:04 PM Posted by steve flores 2 comments
I’m about to jump stories from Samuel to Samson.

Here’s a guy who was called to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. He would have been an absolute legend. He had supernatural strength! He could have taken on any army, any person, anything…except Philistine women. Some people’s weaknesses are chocolate; some are a greasy burger, and some are Philistine women. This was Samson’s. He allowed himself to get messed up every time.

In Judges 16, Samson finds himself in a career ending situation and guess what? He chooses it. This strong, mighty, called of God finds himself, stupid, weak, without God, blind, and made to look like a fool. (Read it, but to get a glimpse of what he was called to be, you have to start at chapter 13.)

“30Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.”

Samson used his strength to do a lot of stupid things. He killed a lion, he killed people to steal their clothes and he broke a city gate and carried on his back. What? (Introducing great and mighty Samson, who has conquered a lion, and carried a gate on his back!)This is what he used his supernatural strength on? He then finds himself, tricked, blind and asked to entertain the Philistines. It’s at this moment he asks for God to avenge his gouged eyes. Once again, what? He’s still thinking of himself. That’s how he got himself here. Finally, he says, “Let me die with the Philistines!”

I think God said, “Ok.” At that moment the walls fall. Samson and about 3,000 Philistines died.

God, what have you given to me? What have you entrusted me that I am not using, fully? Am I settling for less, when you have greatness for me? I don’t want to be a “could’ve been.” I want to be a “look what God is doing” through me. Let my words, my actions, and Your gifts in me be used to bring glory to Your kingdom and point people back to You. Give me discipline to not waste my life chasing selfish pleasure, neglecting your genuine purpose for my life and the lives of those who surround me. Amen