God can use a social privilege for his purposes


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This message is presented by Amos Johnson Jr, PhD. He is the CEO & Pastor of Church for Entrepreneurs. God has given him a calling to help Christian Entrepreneurs succeed at their calling. He believes a fulfilled life comes from clearly knowing what God has called you to do and doing it.

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Message summary & scripture references

With God, all people are created equal and have the same value. However, society does not think this way. Society has evolved to esteem some physical characteristics and social standings as more valuable than others.

For example, if you’re the right color, the right height, or the right gender, then you may have an advantage over somebody who’s doesn’t have one of those characteristics or features.

This isn’t fair; however, God can use a social privilege for his purposes. So if you have a privilege, don’t push it away; instead, allow God to use it. Listen to today’s message to explore this concept.

Exodus 2:10 NLT

[10] Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.”

Exodus 2:19 NLT

[19] “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,” they answered. “And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.”

Exodus 3:10 NLT

[10] Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

Esther 2:2 NLT

[2] So his personal attendants suggested, “Let us search the empire to find beautiful young virgins for the king.

Esther 2:8-9 NLT

[8] As a result of the king’s decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king’s harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai’s care.
[9] Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.

Esther 2:17 NLT

[17] And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti.

Esther 4:8,11,14 NLT

[8] Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews. He asked Hathach to show it to Esther and explain the situation to her. He also asked Hathach to direct her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people.
[11] “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.”
[14] If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

Acts 16:37-39 NLT

[37] But Paul replied, “They have publicly beaten us without a trial and put us in prison-and we are Roman citizens. So now they want us to leave secretly? Certainly not! Let them come themselves to release us!”
[38] When the police reported this, the city officials were alarmed to learn that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens.
[39] So they came to the jail and apologized to them. Then they brought them out and begged them to leave the city.

Acts 22:25-29 NLT

[25] When they tied Paul down to lash him, Paul said to the officer standing there, “Is it legal for you to whip a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been tried?”
[26] When the officer heard this, he went to the commander and asked, “What are you doing? This man is a Roman citizen!”
[27] So the commander went over and asked Paul, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes, I certainly am,” Paul replied.
[28] “I am, too,” the commander muttered, “and it cost me plenty!” Paul answered, “But I am a citizen by birth!”
[29] The soldiers who were about to interrogate Paul quickly withdrew when they heard he was a Roman citizen, and the commander was frightened because he had ordered him bound and whipped.

Acts 25:11 NLT

[11] If I have done something worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die. But if I am innocent, no one has a right to turn me over to these men to kill me. I appeal to Caesar!”

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