“Do the impractical so that God can do the impossible.” – Mike Phillips
Can God change a messed up life? Honestly, can God take someone really messy and make a miracle out of them? Anyone? If you are like me, you would say an emphatic, “YES”! I know God can save anyone and God can change anyone, but for some reason practically I don’t allow this truth to impact my life.
I’ll just be candid here, I have to fight against my preconceived notions about people, and my limitations I put on them. If I am honest there are times when I look at people and think, “not possible”. It may sound shallow, but I am just being honest.
While on staff at Cottondale, God had to remind me how wrong my notions can be. We were out door knocking with the teens and trying to tell people about VBS. It had been a busy couple weeks, and we had tons of teens there that night. Disappointedly, I realized we had one teen come that was a handful. My carnality is showing here, but I was not excited. Usually when this teen came it meant babysitting, because there were definite physical limitations.
My wife took this young lady, and by the end of the night she proved to not be hindrance, but the greatest assets we had out visiting. We saw zero results from that night except one young family that came, and eventually got saved, and baptized. You know who visited them? Yep, the one I thought was a liability. Never have my notions about what God can and will do in a life been so wrong.
God loves using weak and small things so He gets all the glory. Intellectually, I believe with all my heart that God can totally transform lives. I believe He can save the staunchest atheist. I believe He can revive the coldest most indifferent Christian. I believe He can use the disabled, the beyond their primes, and the youth in great ways. If I believe this, than why don’t my actions towards these people show I believe? Why don’t yours? If you believe God loves the homeless, why don’t you? If you believe Jesus can transform the drunk, why not see Him use you to do it?
In Joshua two, we see one of the most powerful stories of redemption and transformation in the Bible. Rahab is called a harlot, it was her title, her mark, her identity. She was a woman of shame and reproach. As part of a pagan society, she was base even for their standards and everyone knew her as the town harlot. She was broken, messy, and not worth anything to anyone.
Who would ever imagine that such a woman would be adopted into the Children of Israel, saved from destruction, and one day would be a part of the linage of Jesus Christ! Yeah, you read that right! Rahab is only one of four ladies mentioned specifically in the genealogy of Jesus. God took the most unlikely, and used her just to show how amazing He is and what He can do.
Tell me again about that coworker that is hopeless? What were you saying about that family member that will never turn to Christ? Right, that grouchy Christian will never get on fire for the Lord! Do we believe God can or not? It is about time we fell our knees, started praying for people, and then started looking for the answers to our prayers.
In high school, God gave a burden for a young lady at my school. We had several classes together and worked for the same employer. After three years of constant witnessing and praying for her every day, she trusted Christ as her Savior. A week later she was baptized. I keep a picture of her getting baptized in my office as a constant reminder that God can do ANYTHING. Pray child of God, have faith, never give up, and believe He can do the impossible.
Daily Scripture Reading
Joshua 1 - 4
“And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.”