Monday, August 14, 2006

All is well

Well the 2nd week of August ends well and a new week begins. Church this morning was awesome! Four people were baptized. This afternoon was our church picnic and a great time to hang out with some of my favorite people in the world. This week I'll be at the Midwest Magic Jubilee in St. Louis and sampling some of Ted Drewe's finest!

I've been thinking a bit about the last post--Just Kidding Around, and wondering why we get "called" into certain areas of ministry. Pastor Terry's Wednesday night bible study was on Gideon. Now there was an unlikely deliverer for Israel. Least in a family of the lowest clan in the smallest tribe of Israel. Mighty Warrior, indeed! But those are the kinds of choices God made throughout the bible. Jacob was a deceiver and God chose to call him as the Father of the Chosen Race. Moses was slow of speech and God chose him to be His spokesperson before Pharoah. Ehud, the lefthanded deliverer, is one of my favorite stories. There's the mighty King David that fell to man's lust and tried to cover it up with murder. There's the unwilling messenger, Jonah and many other unlikely choices.

Even the twelve of Jesus were nothing special. Peter and John, the cream of the crop, stood before the Council in Acts 4 and were perceived as ordinary, uneducated men. So what is God up to with making such poor choices. He obviously uses something other than pedigree, ability or a fancy resume to qualify us as candidates for jobs in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The bible tells us that He chooses the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise; the weak things to put to shame the mighty; the lowly things, things that are despised by the world, He chooses--so that no flesh should glory in His presence. Maybe it's not about choosing somebody that can do the job as much as it is about choosing somebody that can only get the job done with His help.

If you think that God is calling you to a ministry that you know that you can't do, you may be right. He may be calling you to a ministry that you can only do through Him. He gets the glory, all of the glory. We are just willing servants. Servants don't get glorified, their Master gets praised for work of His servants.

Live well, serve God.

"Most people are bothered by those passages in Scripture which they cannot understand; but as for me...the passages which trouble me most are those that I do understand."--Mark Twain

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