Abraham was a good friend of God so God always tell him everything he had in mind to do. This is why God told Abraham that he was going down to visit the city of Sodom and Gomorrah to see for himself if their inhabitants are wicked. Abraham is humble, obedient and put his faith in God. Because of Abraham’s humility, God chose him to be the Father of the Israelite nation. He told him his offsprings would be as many as the stars in the sky and sand on the seashore even though he did not have any offspring. God also gave him a promise, that he will inherit the land of Canaan one day. Abraham gladly served the 3 visitors in front of his tent. When he saw the 3 visitors, he ran to them and ask if they want some food to eat. Then, he picked a choice animal and instructed his servant to prepare it. He set the food before the visitors.
Samson did not follow the rules of a Nazirite even though he was ordained as a Nazirite from birth. He married a woman from Timnah, a Philistine town. The Philistines were the major enemies of the Israelites. He could not control himself from taking the honey from the carcass of the dead lion which he killed on the way to Timnah. Nazirites are not supposed to touch dead corpses. He slept with the prostitute at Gaza and a Philistine prostitute called Delilah. In the end, it was his own weakness to woman, Delilah that betrayed him by cutting off his hair when he told him that his hair is the secret to his strength. The Philistines captured Delilah and put him into prison to grind mill. God was able to use Samson in his last days, when his hair has already grown back. Samson was able to take one last revenge against the Philistines. He pushed the temple’s pillars and they collapsed.
Paul, originally called Saul, used to persecute the Christians before his conversion. He was a pharisee just like his father. Paul’s conversion occur when he was on his way to Damascus to arrest the Christians there. While on the road to Damascus, a bright line shone at him and he heard the voice of Jesus Christ asking him why he kept persecuting him. His eyes was blinded by the bright light and his companions led him into Damascus. While in Damscus, a follower called Ananias lay hand on him and pray for him so that he received his eyesight back. From that time onwards, he started to preach the gospel to everyone he meet. Paul was a very stubborn man that has lots of enthuasism for God. God took the good point of his zealousness and used him for his glory in spreading the gospel. Paul has one weakness, which he states is a thorn of his flesh, that God used to stop him from becoming conceited. No one should feel that he does not have the ability to do God’s work because of his weakness. Every follower is gifted in some ways to build up others towards maturity in Christ.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12 KJV)
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV)
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13 KJV)
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5 KJV)
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12So then death worketh in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:7-12 KJV)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:8-13 KJV)