“Make Us...Like the Nations”
Introduction. (I Samuel 8:1-6) The Israelites in this text
demonstrate a problem that has been common to man throughout
history -- the problem of wanting to be like those around us. It takes a
brave soul to be able to stand against the crowd and be what is
right regardless of how different we may appear. This morning I’d
like for us to talk about some ways that we must take care that we
don’t possess this same attitude.
I. Ways We Want To Be Like Others.
- Our Classmates. --“Do Fun Things.” --“Talk Cool.” --
“Wear Cool Clothes.” --“Have Lot’s of Friends.”
- Our Co-Workers. --“Live Free.” --“Do What
They Want.” --“Know How To Relax.”
- Non-Christians. --“Have no Restrictions.” --“No Burdens.”
-- “Everything Is Going Their Way.”
- The Denominations. --“Have big Churches.” --
“Great Music.” --“Moving Services.”
II. What It Means When We Want To Be Like Others.
- It Comes From Failing To Appreciate What We
Have When We Serve God. (8:7). The Israelites had a king
- God. They were free to serve Him without the yoke
of servitude to a human king. They were freed
from bondage to Pharaoh but wanted to be enslaved.
- It Is A Refelection of Idolatry. (8:8). The Lord
points out that in asking for a king they were doing what
they had done all along - serving other gods. When we
want to be like those around us we are wanting to serve
other gods! (James 4:4).
III. Consequences of Being Like Others
- It Influences Those Close To You. (8:11,13).
Note: Sons & Daughters. They probably didn’t realize this.
It wouldn’t just effect them. It would change
the generations to come. If we give in to our desire
it won’t just effect us - it effects our family,
friends, spouse, children & grandchildren. E.g.“Dad
always worships God” -“Mom believes in following the
Bible” or“Dad doesn’t think worship is important.” or
”Mom doesn’t think you need to follow the Bible.”
(Matthew 5:13-16). When you feel drawn to be like others,
ask youself -“How would I feel about my child being
like them? Grandchild be like them?”
- It’s Never What We Expect It To Be. (8:12).
Note:“Judge Us” (8:6).“Judge Us And Go Out Before
Us And Fight Our Battles” (8:20). They thought he
would be their servant - they didn’t realize that they
would become his servants! Often we are blind to the
reality of what life is really like on the other side.
- We Are Forced To Surrender Things We Don’t Want To.
(8:14,15). Here their possessions. When we do it
may be our values. Our hope. Our priorities.
Nothing is ever attained without sacrifice. If
I descide that I want to stop doing what God wants
and be like others I sacrificeA relationship with God,
the respect of those who serve God. E.g. Josephus set -
Man who used to preach but then became unfaithful. (Luke 16:12-15).
- It Changes How Our Possessions Are Used. (8:16,17a).
The child of God does not view their possessions
as theirs alone. (Ephesians 4:28). Do you think that
the one who devotes themselves to live for themselves
can use their possessions in the same way? They
won’t ever have enough!
- It Makes Us Do Things We Don’t Want To. (8:17b).
(John 8:34-36). Do you like that the woman who
aborts her child because she got pregnant in
fornication wanted to to begin with? Do you think the drunk
who loses his job and home and family wanted such things?
Do you think the unscriptural divorcee wanted to
stand before a judge bartering over time to spend with
their own offspring?
- We Will Regret It Someday. (8:18). Luke 15:17
Prodigal son“came to himself.” Many people come to
a point where they realize they have made a mistake
by turning to be like others - but pride prevents them
Even if in this life someone never comes to
that point, one day we will! (Luke
Conclusion. In spite of all these consequences, sometimes we
still choose to be like those around us. We are stubborn! (8:19,20).
When we do, we should understand that God does not rule over
us so as to keep us from the consequences of our own mistakes.