Start Where You Are

Judges 3:31 and 5:6 are the only verses in the Bible that talk about a man named Shamgar. Shamgar was just a farmer. He had only an ox goad and lots of experience tending to oxen, but the Bible says that he rescued Israel by killing 600 of their enemies! He wasn’t high up on the social ladder; he wasn’t raised in nobility or wealth. He was a regular farmer who used what he had to do incredible things for God.

The odds were stacked against Shamgar, but he pressed on anyway by depending only upon God. He didn’t wait until he was in a position of influence or power. Instead, he took what he had at that moment and used it to do what he was called by God to do.

You can do the same. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have what someone else has. All of us have experiences, talents, influences, and dreams that are different than everyone else’s. If we all bring what we already have and use it to spread the Good News, think about what could happen!

Shamgar defeated 600 enemies of the Israelites because his life was built on the right foundation, not because of anything he had done on his own. The foundation our lives are on sets the tone for how we will live. What is your life built on—trust in yourself, or in God?

2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”  And Romans 12:11-12 says, “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” God wants us to always be prepared to spread the Gospel, the Good News, of what He has done for us.

There is never not a time to be telling people how to be set free from bondage. There will always be challenges and obstacles, but we press on regardless of what our circumstances tell us because we know what God has done in our lives, and what He can do in the lives of those around us.

So start where you are. Where are you, right now? What resources are at your disposal, right now, to use for the mission of God, to spread the Good News, throughout the world? What are the good things that God created you to do today?

Watch my teaching on the life of Shamgar.

One Reply to “Start Where You Are”

  1. This particular message really hit home for my husband and I. We truly enjoy coming to church each week to listen to your teachings. We’ve been away from the church for many years and have found comfort and strength for our family here. Thank you for providing a fun, uplifting, judgement-free place to reunite with the lord.

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