On an earlier post we talked about Ehud. This part two of that post.
Our Scripture reference was:
Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you!” As King Eglon rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly.
Ehud message might not have been spoken but it did speak. Our actions speak loud and clear. We can glean from this guy’s story and learn some strategies to get some points across.
Ehud the Entrepreneur
He took advantage of the circumstance. A unique opportunity to come face to face with his enemey presented itself and he used it. He didn’t have the attitude “What can I do? I’m just one person, the opposition is so great.” or “This problem is too big for me, I’ll need a whole army to defeat this guy.”
We need to think more like Ehud and take advantage of the opportunities the Lord gives us. Ephesians 5:16 tells us, “make the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Colossians 4:5 says, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward unbelievers, making the most of the opportunity.”
Ehud the Southpaw
Ehud was different. He was left-handed. Back then that was considered very different. It was just this past century teachers stopped forcing kids to use their right hand.
God used his being different to an advantage. Don’t ever think that you’re too shy or too tongue-tied, too young or too old, too dumb or too slow, too unpopular or too “whatever” to be used by God. What you see as a “difference” can be used to make a difference in the kingdom of God!
We can learn from Ehud to take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves by:
1 – Get prepared for opportunities. Ehud had a dagger made for him. Start preparing the ministry for soul winning. Be intentional and purposeful in the direction the ministry is taking.
If soul winning is important (I pray it is) then start preparing a ministry that speaks to the lost. When we prepare for opportunites we will know them when they show up.
2 – It’s okay to be different. We all are unique, even the ministry. Use that difference to your advantage.
For instance, a church in north Florida has a huge piece of cleared property. A cleared piece of land is unique for their community. They used this uniqueness to their advantage. They show out door movies to the public. Now the community has a place to go on Friday night. Their message to the community is “We care about the unity of community.”
3 – Use the sword of the Spirit. Drive that word through the flesh. It will take courage to make stands for God’s word. The enemy doesn’t like prayer meetings nor evangelism. Don’t back down when armed with a Word from God.
Don’t let unforgiveness, jealousy, gossip, pride and doubt rule over you. By the grace of God you can address them with “I have a message from God for you!” Preaching to yourself is an action.
In the end Jesus is going to say “Well done!” not well said.