In my last post, I looked at the apostle Paul whom God used mightily in New Testament times. His Old Testament counterpart would be Moses, who initially was a reluctant servant of God. Here’s kind of how Moses’ first conversation with Yahweh went:
|Who am I to go for you?||Never mind who you are. I will be with you|
|Who are you for me to go for you?||I am GOD.|
|What if they don’t believe me?||It’s not your accomplishments you’re testifying to, but mine. Here, have some miracles.|
|Me no talk good.||I made your mouth.|
|Send somebody else!||I’ll send somebody with you, not instead of you.|
Let us make 5 basic assumptions about the way God uses Christians to bring glory to himself. Here are the basic qualifications to be used by God:
- First, be a nobody
- Secondly, don’t worry about your accomplishments or ability to persuade: what God has done—namely, in the historical good news of Jesus Christ—is a powerful persuasion all its own, and the Spirit will control who it stirs.
- Thirdly, know God.
- Fourthly, be unimpressive on your own.
- Fifth, don’t go it alone.
How do you stack up?