Week 45 Day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Ezra 15 Then the heads of fathers’ households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites rose up, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.
The most important words in this short passage are, or should be the foundation of every Christian effort the we can honestly make in serving our Lord. “…everyone whose spirit God has stirred up…” A powerful but sure directive. One thinks of men of old like John Wesley, who at great risk went ahead and followed the leading of God’s Holy Spirit to accomplish great things. The opposite result has occurred when somebody with an eye on power has attempted to build their own little “empire” and has ended up perverting the Gospel to the pain and suffering of many and many souls lost to the kingdom. Sadly, even though we may be sincere we can still be deceived. Perhaps the hardest lesson I ever had to learn as a serving pastor was that sooner or later the flawed nature of the human heart would rear it’s ugly head. There are no human heroes in the kingdom of God, save one. His name is Jesus. Someday I honestly hope to be completely like him. But, until that day comes I shall remain as Paul content to serve understanding the truth that I am as he was the “worst”of sinners.
1 Timothy 1: 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.