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These were the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. (1 Chronicles 2:1-2)
Of Israel’s twelve patriarchs, about which do you know anything? You may know a little of the escapades of Judah; or the love Jacob had for Benjamin. However, of the twelve patriarchs, there is only one who made a positive difference on God’s people---Joseph. I do not mean to judge the other eleven; nevertheless we know nothing of their lives or their impact. Only one, a dreamer by the name of Joseph, left an indelible mark on the lives of history. That ought to say something about dreamers. Just about every great event in the Bible came because of a dream. From Abraham to Daniel and from Mary to Peter, God has chosen to use dreamers to make a difference in the world. Therefore, dare to dream great dreams for the things of God. Dare to be a Joseph or a Mary. To be numbered with the twelve patriarchs or the twelve disciples would be a great honor, but to be one in twelve, well, that would honor God.
1 Chronicles 2:1, 2: These were the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
Thought For The Day
“I go out to preach with two propositions in mind. First, every person ought to give his life to Christ. Second, whether or not anyone else gives him his life, I will give him mine.” Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Questions To Ponder
From the sons of Jacob to the twelve apostles, why is it that they all were chosen, but only a very few made a difference in recorded history? Consider Matthew 22:14.
What does it take to be one-in-twelve?
What are you willing to do to be a Joseph, Peter, John, or Paul?
Morning Study Guide
Defining: “Difference makers” are those who walk in obedience to Christ. They may not always be noticed by man, but they are renown in heaven.
Referencing: “He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out… Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, ‘Sons of Thunder’; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him,” Mark 3:14-19.
Applying: Endeavor today to be a difference maker.