When it comes to God’s work, we have the tendency to gage the outcome by ‘what we can do’ based on our resources, education, money or connections rather than seeing what God can, will and promised to do. The Church began with a promise the Lord gave the disciple; “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8).
I want to draw on the example of Israel to make my point. We have seen that it was God’s plan and purpose that they stand out among all the nations of the world because of their clear and powerful representation of their God. Sadly, Israel became a disobedient and rebellious people, yet, God keeps speaking to them through prophets and other nations He used to discipline them.
Isaiah was a prophet God used, but needed to rekindle a fire in his heart for the calling of the Lord. At one point, God says, “And now the Lord says, He who formed me from the womb to be his servant (Isaiah), to bring Jacob back to Him…Is it too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob…I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isaiah 49:5-6). Isaiah, the man who said, “Woe is me” (6:5).
We must never think it is a “light thing” that God has called us to spread the gospel. It is the greatest privilege in the whole world. I have been guilty of looking at myself and my abilities and limiting what God can and wants to do through me. His call in the first place was that I (we) yield ourselves to Him and His power to accomplish in and through us what is impossible for us. That is the point when our thoughts become His thoughts with no limits to what He can do for His glory!
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