Our text for this sermon comes from Genesis 15:1-6.
The title for this sermon is Jesus Your Shield.
What do you find valuable?
The answer to that question reveals something about you. What do you have that nobody is allowed to borrow? What do you have that sits on a shelf or out of the reach of small children? You are a little extra protective of it.
Bryson has Iron Man. Iron Man came with a car. He doesn’t care if anyone plays with the car but Iron Man is his. You can play with any other toy he has but you are not taking Iron Man. Iron Man watches Netflix with us. Iron Man reads the Bible with us. Iron Man has ate breakfast and lunch with us. Iron Man goes for rides in the car with us. Bryson even sleeps with Iron Man on occasion. To a three year old, Iron Man is valuable.
Let’s dive into Genesis 15:1-6.
vs 1 After these things: Abram had won a battle with 318 of his men. He gave Melchizedek ten percent of his spoils of war. Abram knows it was God that allowed him to win the battle and it was God who allowed him to be rich. He rejected the offer from the king of Sodom.
God shows up and tells Abram to not fear and tells Abram that he is his shield.
Question: Why would Abram need a shield if he did not have something that needed protecting?
Hang on to that. We will come back to it.
vs 2-3 Abram has a concern. He addresses God reminding God that he has no children. God told Abram that he would make him a great nation. Abram took this to mean that he needed to have kids. Abram is a little distraught because he is in his 80s and has no kids. His personal assistant, Eliezer would be the sole heir to all of Abram’s estate. It is not that Abram did not like or trust Eliezer. It’s just that Abram did not want the sole heir to his house to be somebody not of his blood.
See Abram’s confusion and frustration?
“God, you promised to make me a great nation and I am over 80 years old and I don’t have any kids, let alone a son.”
vs 4-5 God told Abram that his own son would be his heir and took him outside and reminded him of the promise. His offspring shall be as many as the stars in the sky that cannot be numbered.
vs 6 This verse shows us Abram’s salvation.
For further study on this, read Romans 4.
Abram’s salvation is valuable. When Abram is cemented into relationship with God, God protects Abram from ever losing his salvation.
You are saved by grace through faith.
You did not choose God. You would have never chosen God if given the ability to choose.
God has to draw you to Himself. – John 6:44
God draws you to Himself and then gives you the faith to believe in Jesus when you come to salvation. Why? So you cannot boast. You can never say that you chose or you had faith or you had anything to do with your salvation.
Do you see how valuable your salvation is?
Think about everything in your life.
Your car can be taken
Your house can be robbed and your stuff stolen
You can lose your job
Your identity can be stolen
You can lose friends
Your money can be stolen
Your pet can be lost or taken
Your phone, computer, or tablet can be lost or stolen
Your children can be lost or taken
Your salvation is the only thing you have that cannot be either lost or stolen.
Jesus is our Shepherd.
The Shepherd protects his sheep.
The Shepherd is the shield for the sheep.
Jesus is our shield
What does this mean for you?
You live for a purpose greater than you.
The gospel is both urgent and necessary. We are called to both live it and share it. We are called to make disciples. We are both students and teachers.
Everything you do from waking up to going to sleep. Every breathing moment is to be lived to the glory of God.
You are the light of the world. Examine yourself to make sure that your light is pointing people to Jesus.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!