This is the sermon for Sunday night, September 14th, 2008.

LIDS PART 4

In this series entitled, “lids,” we are comparing both Saul and David and the lids they had in their lives and how they reacted.

Who are some lid-lifters that you have allowed into your lives, or who has influenced you?

That question is so important for us to consider. I don’t believe that God has called us to be lone ranger Christians. That is what Christian fellowship is all about. It is more than just having fun together and talking about the weather. Christian fellowship is sharing needs, burdens, dreams with one another. It is also trusting one another enough to allow people to become lid-lifters in your life.

Who are some lid-lifters I’ve allowed in my life? Well, there have been a few, though not many. My Dad would have definitely been one, although I didn’t start listening to his advice until much later in my life, so I’ve missed opportunities of wisdom there. Another one would be my best friend, Charles Thompson. We call each other, encourage each other, hold one another accountable, share hurts, confusions, prayers, advice, encouragements.

Take a moment and just think about some lid-lifters you have allowed in your life? What brought them into your life? Why have you entrusted yourself to them?

The point I’m trying to make is this: It takes true humility and courage to allow trusted people into your life to help you with your lids.

This leads us to our big idea for this sermon: humble, godly people will surround themselves with other godly people and allow them to help in the lid lifting process.

Now, before we looked at who David allowed in his life to help with his lids, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to bless the tonight’s teaching from the Word.

1 Samuel 18:3-4 ESV – 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.

There was significance to why Jonathan did this. Jonathan was the rightful heir to Saul’s throne. Yet, he knew that God had transferred the throne to David. Jonathan had every right to be jealous, but instead, he made a covenant with David because he loved him as his own soul. He also took off his royal princely robe and gave it to David, signifying God’s transfer of power. How did this help David with his lid? Well, it confirmed God’s call in David’s life. And while Saul was trying to destroy David, Jonathan was encouraging him to continue to fulfill God’s purpose.

Lid lifters demonstrate three qualities that help others go to another level. Here are the qualities.

1. They lift up others with their words.

1 Samuel 20:13b ESV – May the LORD be with you, as he has been with my father.

A. We could read more, but I just wanted to read this portion.

All we ever see Jonathan doing in the passages of the bible with David is being an encouragement. We never see a hint of jealousy or anger. Here we see him pronounce a blessing over David. By pronouncing this blessing, Jonathan was lifting up David with his words.

B. We live in a time in the body of Christ that we shoot our wounded, our hurting and our confused, and yet we exalt the most charismatic amongst us and deem them as the mouthpieces of God, while they live in unrepentant sin, much like Saul did.

Sadly, we also do this while justifying it with a few out of context quoted Scriptures, to excuse our behavior. We don’t worry about what we say, or if our words have consequences. We just expect everyone to shape up to our expectation of what a Christian should be or look like.

C. Well, that is not to be in the body of Christ.

You see, it is not about what you or I think, it is about what God’s word says. His word says the world will know that we are His disciples by our love for one another. We need to be encouragers with our words, not discouragers. When we encourage with our words, we lift the spirit and the countenance of other believers.

2. They lift up others by their actions.

1 Samuel 20:4 ESV – Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.”

A. Jonathan just wasn’t a man of encouraging words.

He also was willing to do whatever it took to bring encouragement into David’s life.

B. It takes commitment to others to backup words with actions.

I believe this is the kind of commitment that God expects from believers toward one another. Not just to say encouraging words, but to back up those words with encouraging actions. This helps in lifting the lids in others lives.

3. They give up so others can go up.

1 Samuel 23:15-18 ESV – 15 David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. 17 And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.” 18 And the two of them made a covenant before the LORD. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.

A. Jonathan sacrificed his rightful spot as Saul’s heir, so that David could take his God appointed place as king.

Not once do you see Jonathan question God’s decision of taking the kingdom from his father. He both accepted God’s decision and God’s man, David. He even encouraged David by word, action, and finally, self-sacrifice.

B. You see, a true lid lifter of others will be one who practices self
sacrifice for the betterment of others in order to lift them up so that they can go to the next level.

You see, without Jonathan’s help, David would have never ascended to the throne.

C. We also need to be self-sacrificing so that others may see their purposes fulfilled in Christ.

It is not about us being first, or having our names in lights, or being the poster boy for being successful; it is about God’s purposes being fulfilled. And if that means that we have to sacrifice for the sake of others, then so be it.

Who are the lid lifters in your life? One other important question: whose lid lifter are you? I’d encourage you to lift others up with encouraging words, encouraging actions, and self-sacrifice. Let’s heal and repair wounds that we, or others may have caused.

We can be a church of lid-lifters. We can go out of our way to make sure each person in our body feels loved by the Lord and encouraged to find their mission and calling. If we begin doing this, we will be that city on a hill that the world needs today.

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