Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Joining the dots
What sort of people does God use?
Let's join the dots.
We have looked at five examples of different people from significantly diverse backgrounds and culture, Moses, the ageing shepherd, Saul, the violent persecutor, Hugh Bourne, the introvert, William Clowes, the extrovert and John Benton, the rough diamond.
We have seen that God can use people of quite different personalities and background. Introvert or extrovert, illiterate or well educated, rich or poor, young or old, and even those who are radically hostile to Christianity and the cause of Christ. There is no single personality style or background that God uses.
So what’s the real key to the question? What is the common thread linking the lives of the five examples of people God used?
The answer is in Acts 4 verse:13 "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." The key is that they had been with Jesus.
God can use all sorts.
He can use you and me if we have been with Jesus. Then we must be willing to obey him and do what he asks.
Moses the ageing shepherd
Saul the violent persecutor
Hugh Bourne the introvert
William Clowes the extrovert
John Benton the rough diamond