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The Wednesday Word: Ministry Through Mercy!

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment

All Failures May Apply.

2 Corinthians 4:1, ‘Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

Alexander the Great was sculpted with his hand resting on his face, as if in contemplation. But the real purpose was to hide an ugly scar on his cheek.

The German emperor, Wilhelm II, was photographed and painted standing in such a position that his withered arm would not appear.

All of us have imperfections and not just physical ones.  Some of us feel mentally scarred by our life and failures. Unfortunately, our wounds (self-inflicted and otherwise) incorrectly inform our psyche that God will never use us again.

And this is confirmed by the censorious and disapproving who tell us that the Lord is finished with us? Let me ask, who lied and said God wanted nothing more to do with you? Who told you that you are flawed and thus unusable?  Such a prophet of doom needs someone to teach them the Gospel and its applications.

Christ Jesus has always done His work with broken things. But sub-consciously we applaud only the strong, the successful, the slick and the unmarked.   God, however, is the God who will not abandon the unsuccessful. He is the God of those who have failed. He is the God of the defective and the damaged. 

Take for example;

John Mark was a failure on the mission field.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.

The Lord used them, and He can use you!

Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid to die.
Lazarus was dead.

Rahab used to run a brothel.

The Lord used them, and He can use you!

Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer.
And so was Moses.
Jonah ran from God.

The Lord used them, and He can use you!

Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was fed up.

The Lord used them, and He can use you!

Martha was always worrying.
Timothy had ulcers.
Noah got drunk.
Moses was hot-tempered.

The Lord used them, and He can use you!

We are not an impressive lot, but we have an impressive Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is no bruised reed that He cannot bring back. There is no one to whom He cannot convey restoration (Matthew 12:20).

Someone once said, “I was never of any use until I found out that God did not intend me to be a great man.” I like that. There’s no pressure on us to be great or perfect in every decision we make. The Lord does not base His love for us on our performance.

Now here’s the thing, we should never disqualify ourselves because of our flaws.

In Nehemiah 4:2, some people couldn’t believe that Nehemiah was going to rebuild the city walls with old burnt stones. What they were really saying is, you can’t do anything with this rubbish. Could it be that too many people have said that about us? According to them, we’re no good, we are failures, we’re all messed up. We have been put on the trash heap.

But here’s some good news, Jesus doesn’t go down to ‘Perfect Street’ to choose His material. He knows what we came from and where we’ve been. He knows where and how we’ve failed. He knows our repentance and regret. He wants us to know that our worth is in Him. (Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 10:32, 2Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 4:16.)

When our conscience accuses us of being unworthy, we learn to agree with it and then turn the Gospel Lion loose. We tell our conscience, ‘Yes I’m unworthy, but Jesus was worthy in my place.’

He is our worthiness (Revelation 5:12). Mercy is our qualification for ministry (2 Corinthians 4:1). We need nothing more but nothing less!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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Happy New Year 2016!

January 1, 2016 1 comment

Reformed on the Web would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2016!

I will leave you with Spurgeon as you think about what this year might bring to the Glory of God:

 

 

THE Philippians had several times sent presents to Paul, to supply his necessities. Though they were not themselves rich, yet they made a contribution, and sent Epaphroditus with it, “an odour of sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.” Paul felt very grateful: he thanked God, but he did not forget also to thank the donors; he wished them, every blessing, and he did as good as say, “You have supplied my need, and my God shall supply yours. You have supplied my need of temporal food and raiment out of your poverty; my God shall supply all your need out of his riches in glory.” “As,” he says, in the eighteenth verse, “I have all and abound: I am full,” “so,” he adds, “‘my God shall supply all your need.’ You have sent what you gave me by the hand of a beloved brother, but God will send a better messenger to you, for he will supply all your need ‘by Christ Jesus.’“ Every single word sounds as if he had thought it over, and the Spirit of God had guided him in his meditation, so that he should to the fullest extent wish them back a blessing similar to that which they had sent to him, only of a richer and more enduring kind.

Now, on this New Year’s Day I would desire, somewhat in the spirit of Paul, to bless those of you who have supplied, according to your abilities, the wants of God’s work in my hands, and have given, even out of your poverty, to the cause of God, according as there has been need. I count myself to be personally your debtor though your gifts have been for the students, and the orphans, and the colporteurs, and not for myself. In return for your kindness, after the manner of his gracious love, “my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

This verse is particularly sweet to me, for, when we were building the Orphanage, I foresaw that, if we had no voting, and no collecting of annual subscriptions, but depended upon the goodness of God, and the voluntary offerings of his people, we should have times of trial, and therefore I ordered the masons to place upon the first columns of the Orphanage entrance, these words, “My God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” The text therefore is out in stone upon the right hand and upon the left of the great archway. There stands this declaration of our confidence in God; and is long as God lives, we shall never need be remove it, for he will certainly supply the needs of his own work. While we serve him, he will furnish our tables for us.

Charles H. Spurgeon- A New Years Wish- A Sermon published on Thursday, January 5th, 1911

God’s determinative Providence

Yet another term may be employed to show how the providence of God touches evil actions, to-wit, determinative. Terminus means a boundary, a limit, and to determinate is to set a boundary. The providence of God then touches evil actions by putting a limit upon them. An illustrative case or two may be rapidly stated.

The devil wanted to get hold of Job, to worry and destroy him. He asked the Lord for an opportunity. God, having purposes of His own to accomplish concerning Job and others, gave the permission but set a limit at Job’s life: “You may take his cows; you may take his camels; you may take his children so far as their earthly health and existence is concerned; you may touch Job himself and cover his body with loathsome ulcers, but the life of Job, the soul of Job, the spiritual standing of Job in the sight of God, oh, devil, you cannot touch.” There God puts an impassable barrier.

B. H. Carroll—The Providence of  God