Dependability? Does our Employer, Family, Society, and our Church really care? Is our usefulness on the slide, and do we feel abandoned by God? So… we start thinking… “It’s ALL God’s fault.” Let’s clear up a few details about God.
God has a specific plan for each of us. As told to us in Jeremiah 29:11– For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We are, all, very important to God, as He created us in His Image. Genesis 1:26 tells us: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Some are given much, and therefore….much is expected. Luke 12:48 says – “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” The idea of “to whom much is given, much will be required” is that we are held responsible for what we have. If we are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time… than God expects us to use these GIFTS (from God) to the best of our ability, to glorify God, and to benefit others.
God uses ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things. Was it not just an ordinary Sheppard whom God chose to be King David; and a young, and ordinary, girl chosen to be the Mother of His Son…Jesus; a stuttering murderer, chosen to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt… named Moses? Then, we have “all of the Apostles” who were just ordinary men of the times….chosen by Jesus to do “extra-ordinary” things in biblical history. We’re reminded of Joseph, son of Jacob, who was left for dead in the hands of thugs, turned out to be the # 1 guy, under the Pharaoh of Egypt … for whom Joseph interpreted his dreams. As a “reward” the Pharaoh gave him power of all of Egypt. There are “countless” stories of God using the ordinary man to do extraordinary things.
Be reminded, then…. it is “us,”…. You and me, just ordinary people, who God wants to use… in extraordinary ways.
In the same way that God called Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… God also calls each of us to become His children. God comes to us when we are hopelessly lost in sin and without knowledge of Him (Ephesians 2:1-7). This is a widely accepted fact in the spiritual biography of Christians. God’s call comes first…..and our response is nothing more than belief in God and in His promises.
Is God calling you? Are you listening? Are you paying attention? In my own case, it has taken 40+ years for me to “wake-up” to His call. I heard His call… but I didn’t think is “applied to me,” thinking…why me…certainly not me. It came about when I “finally realized,” that Matthew 28:19 had my name written all over it… “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
This is the “very same call” that God is using for you… right now. …Blessings… cjlb… 8/22/15.
About Charles Brooks
who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.