“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
If we read the Bible as a book of disconnected stories teaching moralistic and ethical messages on how to have our best life now, we tend to believe that the Scriptures are all about us. We will look at the great men and women of the Bible and believe it was their greatness that caused God to use them. But when we rightly understand that the Bible is a single story about God’s unfolding plan of redemption that finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, we look at the great men and women of the Bible and recognize that what made them great was simply the fact that God graciously choose to use them for His purpose.
So, who is the person God chooses to use as an instrument of salvation and sanctification in His mighty right hand? He or she is a card-carrying member of “Triple-A” – that is, someone who is . . .
- AWED by the glory of God
- AVAILABLE to the Spirit of God
- ACTING on the Word of God
God is in the business of taking common people and making them uncommon; taking weak people and making them strong; taking foolish people and making them wise; and taking average people and making them extraordinary. In God’s economy, it is not those with great ability who are called into His service; rather, it is those who are awed by His incomparable glory, available to the promptings of His Spirit, and obediently acting on His Word, regardless of the cost or circumstance.
Does this “Triple A” mindset describe you and the confession of your life today? When we are awed by the glory of God, we know what Paul knew: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways” (Romans 11:33). When we are awed by the glory of God, we become available to the moving of the Spirit of God, and we are ready and willing to follow God wherever He leads us. This is living a life that is acting on the Word of God.
When we rightly read the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, we realize that God did not call extraordinary men and women into His service to expand His Kingdom. Rather, those ordinary men and woman, people who were broken and marred by sin, were made great by God, simply because they were available to be used by Him and acted on the words He had spoken to them.
How is it with you? Are you ready to be used by God?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!