Sunday, April 5, 2009

League of Ordinary Gentlemen

I was talking to a friend the other day and he was lamenting over the condition of his church. It is dead. The worship is lifeless and there is a general feeling of malaise as people are leaving the church. But what can one man do to help save a dying church? Nothing. But God will do great things through that one man to change, not only his church, but the world.

God rarely uses extraordinary people. He usually chooses those of meager resources so He can act through them and thus, get the glory. Moses couldn't speak well. David was an adulterer and murderer. Jesus was just an ordinary looking man. The apostles all had character flaws. All the Bible characters were just ordinary people at the beginning of their calling. All of God's people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the work the Lord is doing through them. Our job is to say, "Yes, Lord" when He calls us and move toward His purpose for us.

We can't do it without Him leading the fact, His purpose will usually elicit more fear in us because we don't have the resources to attain the goal. God will not drag us into his will by our hair, forcing us to do what He wants. Instead, we have to offer Him a submitted heart. Then, humble obedience. Then, gratitude for what He did through us.

If we could do it on our own strength and will, we would get the glory. But if God's plan is only possible by Him working through us, the glory is His. That's the point. We learn to submit to his will and God does extraordinary things through ordinary people.

God will save my friend's church if he (and others in the church) will ask God to save them and then submit to His will.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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