The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 34

“God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (1 Cor. 1:27)

I often hear people say: “ I am nothing. I have no gifts. I always fail miserably. Do you really believe God can use me?” The truth is, the work of God is not done by great people but by ordinary people who are committed to His call.

Just look at the history of God’s dealings with man. He used Moses who was hesitant and was not an eloquent speaker, to lead Israel to freedom from the Egyptians. He used men who were shepherds and farmers and fishermen to accomplish his work and to record his words (the prophets and the disciples). His Son Jesus was born into the poor family of a simple carpenter Joseph and his peasant wife Mary. Jesus was not born in a palace but in a stable. There was nothing in his looks that made him stand out from other men. What made all of these men “great”? God had called them and they had listened and obeyed!

Today’s church is (sadly) a far cry from the church that Jesus established. He did not set up a superstructure or a hierarchical system of leadership. Quite the contrary! He said that greatness would be measured by servanthood. He said that his followers were “not to lord it over the others” as the rulers of the gentiles did over their people. These concepts are threatening to people in the church who are still ‘worldly’. BUT GOD’S WAYS HAVE NOT CHANGED. He still works in the same way. Man tries to introduce “mega-methods” and use “mass-media’ and develop “super-churches”. He is bent on developing more ‘programs’; he insists on using the ways of the world, like “big-names” to promote his schemes. But it is still ordinary people who do God’s extraordinary work.

God is no respecter of persons. Your “position” or “status” may be important in the world (“mighty” things), but it is a hindrance to God’s work in his church. He “puts to shame” the things that are worldly. He raises up and he brings down.

The power to do God’s work lies not in our ability but our availability. He will accomplish his work through us; not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit!

The modern day concept of ministry focuses on ability. Our Greek analytical thinking has resulted in many people operating outside of the call of God on their lives. They have been trained (i.e. man’s way) but they haven’t been called (i.e. God’s way). Therefore they are not empowered and have become disillusioned.

We ought to revert to Hebrew thinking; i.e., simply “hear and obey”. It is God’s way!

Are you listening for the call of God on your life?

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