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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Ability or Availability???


This came from this week's sermon.
People think that they don't have enough talent for God to use them.

Moses stuttered.
David's armor didn't fit.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
Jacob was a liar.
Solomon was too rich.
Jesus was single and poor.
Abraham was too old.
Titus was too young.
Peter had a big mouth.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out, depressed, and suicidal.
John the Baptist did not know how to dress.
Martha was a worrywart.
Mary was lazy.
Sampson had long hair.
Noah had a drinking problem.

You see, I believe, that in our weakness... God is able to do the impossible. Allow God to work through you in his strength. There are sooooooooooooo many lost people, and we need to reach them before Jesus Christ returns.

2 comments:

David Brankow said...

I was reading a daily devotional from John Henry Jowett's "My Daily Meditation" for October 14, and thought you might like to read it since it pertains to this post and your recent sermon series.

Commomplace People
(John 1:35-47)

Our Lord delights to glorify the commonplace. He loves to fill the common water-pots with His mysterious wine. He chooses the earthen vessals into which to put His treasure. He calls obscure fishermen to be the ambassadors of His grace. He proclaims His great Gospel through provincial dialects, and He fills uncultured mouths with mighty arguments. He turns common meals into sacraments, and while He breaks ordinary bread He relates it to the blessings of heaven.
And "this same Jesus" is among us to-day, with the same choices and delights. He will make a humdrum duty shine like the wayside bush that burned with fire and was not consumed. He will make our daily business the channel of His grace. He will take our disappointments, and, just as we sometimes put banknotes into black-edged envelopes, He will fill them with treasures of unspeakable consolation. He will use our poor, broken, stammering speech to convey the wonders of His grace to the weary sinful souls of men.

IZ said...

AMEN & AMEN! Pastor Dudley, I remember that sermon. I got a good belly laugh and felt more acceptable to God. God is using my husband and I with all our human handicaps and I just want you to know that YOU are doing the Lords work by MAKING DISCIPLES. Yes, you are!