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Saturday, July 22nd, '17

All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson

 

JUST THE PERSON HE NEEDS

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise..." (1 Corinthians 1:26.27 NKJV)

 

The next time you're tempted to think God can't use you, try to remember a few Bible characters. Let's see, Noah got drunk, Abraham was a hundred years old when he began his career as a dad, Sarah made a stupid choice, Isaac was out in the field daydreaming, and Jacob was a liar and deceiver. His name meant "supplanter" or "cheat". Leah was homely, cross-eyed, Joseph was an abused child, Moses had a stuttering problem and was wanted in Egypt for murder. Gideon winnowed grain in the winepress because he was afraid to do so out in the open because of the Midianites. Samson was long-haired, the hippie-type and was a womanizer. Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah complained, "I am a child", Timothy was young and timid, David had a mean streak not to mention the affair and the murder cover-up. Elijah was suicidal laying under the juniper tree. Our first parent Adam likewise hid himself among the trees of the garden. Jonah ran from God. Naomi was a soured bitter widow but she trained Ruth to be a woman of destiny. Job went bankrupt and was covered with boils. Peter denied Christ and was always sticking his foot in his mouth. Maybe that was why Jesus poured a basin of water and washed his feet.

 

What else? All the disciples fell asleep while Jesus was praying. Martha was a constant worrier. Her sister Mary seemed to shirk her chores. One woman had an issue of blood. John the Baptist had a problem with doubt and discouragement, at least while he was in Herod's jail. Mary Magdalene was a, well you know. The Samaritan woman had been divorced, more than once, five times in fact, and was shacked up with the sixth. Zacchaeus was really short, Paul was really religious, James and John were loud mouths, "sons of thunder" Jesus called them. And how could God ever use Lazarus; he was dead and buried and "by now stinketh". But Jesus raised him up and used even a dead situation.

 

In a nutshell, He can use anyone. It is availability and flexibility that He desires, not ability. His choices never cease to amaze me. Who would have selected fishermen from Capernaum; were there no followers of Socrates doing post-graduate studies in Athens? I suppose there were many but Jesus bypassed them to find a Peter, an Andrew and a doubting Thomas. You have not blown it so bad that God will give up on your future. In fact, your failure may be the very thing that He uses to show His power. Go back to front desk and reapply for a job. He has an ad posted for laborers.


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