|Increasing your footprint - lessons from the life of Jabez|
Text 1 Chr 4:9-10
Jabez – the name
-Jacob … deceiver or one who tricks … he tricked his brother out of his birthright. Then God changes his name and his destiny .
-Jesus … God saves … He through His life, death, & resurrection saves.
Jabez has the distinction of what his name means … to grieve, be sorrowful. His mother for whatever reason chose to memorialize his birth experience by naming her son Jabez … because I bore him in pain.
What made the difference in this man’s life … who was at one point characterized by causing pain … to become a man remembered as more honorable than his brothers? It’s the third distinction of the life of Jabez … his prayer life.
Being honorable speaks of the character, responsibility and respect of the person. Jabez went from being a pain to being more honorable. His life take a turn for the realm of glory as he abounds into greatness not made on his own.
-Bigger distinction … Jabez left the answering of his request up to God.
Jabez called on the One who could, would and wanted to make the difference in his life. His prayer let loose God’s will, power and blessing in his life. And it can be the distinction in your life also.
It makes a great difference who you address in prayer.
the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to
help in time of need." If a person is going to come to God, he has
to start at the starting place and receive the gift of God and the
grace of God.
Jabez also remembered his ancestor Jacob who wrestled with God. When God told him to release him,
Enlarge my territory
Let your hand be with me
What would you pray for if you knew that you could not fail? What is God speaking to you about which you have been ignoring? What have you dreamed about, but dismissed because you thought it was an impossible dream? Begin to pray for the hand of God to be upon your life so that you can accomplish something great for him. Hopefully, it will be something so great that when it comes to pass, you and everyone else will have to say, “This had to be the hand of God, because there is no way I could have done this by myself!”