“I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’” —Isaiah 6:8 NKJV
If you were God, and you wanted to touch the world, how would you go about it?
You could raise up an army of mighty angels, who would gladly do your bidding. Or you could just roll back the heavens and speak audibly to Planet Earth and say something like, “Hello everyone. I’m God and you’re not, and I want you to believe in me, now!”
But no, that is not how the Lord has decided to impact our planet. He chooses to use people—and flawed people at that.
When Jesus came to this earth, He chose 12 men: Peter, James, John, Matthew, Andrew, Thomas . . . we know their names well. But do we really know them? It’s a good idea to learn what we can about them, because they turned their world upside down.
They didn’t have modern technology to help them. No iPhones, iPads, Internet, texting, or e-mailing. They didn’t even have fax machines (which once were very high-tech). No MP3s, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, or even 8-tracks. Not even the printed page.
No, Thomas did not tweet, Peter did not have a Facebook page, and Andrew did not Instagram.
It was all done by “word of mouth,” person to person. Yet these hand-picked disciples, in a relatively short amount of time, shook the ancient world.
You know what? God is still looking for men and women to shake the world today.
Will you make yourself available?
“‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.’” —Revelation 14:13 NKJVThe Secret Way
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”
—Proverbs 17:22 NLTWho’s Your Daddy?
“Having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.”
—Revelation 14:1 NKJV
Those who live for the moment are usually destined for disappointment. Those who live for Christ find fulfillment here and in the hereafter. Wednesday on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie shows us Paul’s counsel about where real happiness is found. Tune in for this important message!All Sermons by Greg Laurie