Saturday, February 16, 2008

God Uses Ordinary People

This morning, I met with some of our men for our Saturday Men's Prayer Breakfast, and once again the prayer time, food, and fellowship was great.  We had a great time and do each and every Saturday.  Because of that, I did my reading later this morning.  I just finished reading Zechariah and Malachi.  So, I've finished the  Old Testament and have 13 days left to finish the New Testament.  I will have to read ahead some because it takes 15 days to read the New Testament at 20 chapters a day, so I will read two days worth of chapters at least twice these next few days ahead. 
As I read in Zechariah, I was reminded how God uses ordinary people.  That is all I am, and I'm sure you feel quite ordinary yourself, but the good news is that these are the people God so often chooses to use.  In Zech. 13:5, Zechariah said:  "I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth."  Here God used a cattleman.  He was no prophet, but he was used of God to give a great prophecy.  In chapter 4:6 we read:  "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."  This is a great message given to Zerubbabel and to us.  Who is this Zerubbabel you may ask?  He was called of God to rebuild the temple that was destroyed by the Babylonians.  Now Cyrus, king of Persia, calls him to rebuild the temple.  It does get done, but not my might, nor by power, but by God's Spirit it all comes together.  And so it is for anything that is built for God… it is totally a work of God's  Spirit!!  Ordinary people used of the Holy Spirit, can do extra ordinary things for the cause of Christ!! 
Another tidbit… the last word in Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament is "curse".  Contrast that with the last message of the New Testament, Revelation 22:21-"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen."  Jesus made turned what was a curse into grace.  The Law brought about the curse, but the Cross brought about the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  What a thought!!  Well, I'll meet you for coffee and God's Word tomorrow… Sunday morning, I'm already looking forward to it!!   Pastor Mike Mutchler

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