Who Does God Use?
What would you do if you showed up at church on Sunday and Pastor announced that we would be bringing a new member on pastoral staff? You might have some concerns, but it wouldn’t be a catastrophic event. That might change however if you found out that just a short time ago, that person was a jihadist who was actively involved in the murder of Christians! You might have some severe reservations about it!
But on the other side of the same coin, many pastors today CLAIM to be Christians and proclaim a “gospel,” but that gospel has nothing to do with the Gospel! In today’s passages, we find both concerns addressed.
In Leviticus 19, there had been some priests who “were doing God’s work,” but not doing it God’s way. The Almighty takes this very seriously and these two sons of Aaron died. Furthermore, there had to be a cleansing process for the temple after this incident. God takes worship VERY seriously.
In 1 Timothy 1, however, we find a missionary/pastor who thanks God for allowing him to be in the ministry despite his history as “a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious.” You can read more about his exploits against the church in Acts 8 & 9, but suffice it to say, you would have reservations about this man coming into your church, and such was the case at Jerusalem!
So why does God choose a murder, and refuse a priest? The humility from Proverbs 30 and the fear of the Lord from Psalm 19.
Consider these two parallel passages:
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s your relationship with God that makes all the difference in your usability for Him. So be usable today!