James A. Washington

The Bible suggests that God has a history of using people in the strangest ways. My take on it is, He uses the strangest people to carry out His divine will.

Doesn’t the Bible let us know that those who feel quite strange about it are chosen by God to carry out heavenly tasks here on earth? Moses was a murderer. Paul (Saul) killed a few Jesus lovers in his time. Rahab was a ho and Jacob was, well, y’all know all about Jacob’s shortcomings. And David, I ain’t gone even talk about this guy.

God uses the least of us (by our definition) to carry out His plans in spite of what we think we are capable of or worthy of. Most of the prophets were reluctant participants at best as implementers and vehicles for God’s message to His people. Most wanted nothing to do with their assignments because they did not think anyone would listen.

Everyone is a candidate for greatness in the eyes of the Almighty. I used to think that only those called to preach had the gift of ministry. Try telling that to anyone who has accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and watch how quickly they get corrected. I know I did. Slowly and reluctantly, I have accepted we all have a ministry according to the gifts given to us by God. Neither economic status, academic achievement, or social standing means anything if God says it is your turn to do His bidding, carry His message or, simply let others see Him in you.

One thing is certain – you cannot refuse to hear Him, when God comes knocking. Just ask Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah or Jeremiah. More importantly, ask yourself, what are you reluctant to do in the name of God? Only you know if you are in denial. Only you know if you are trying to convince God to choose someone else. How long will it take you to realize that eventually, you are going to do what God is telling you to do?

You might want to get to that conclusion before God stops asking and starts telling. God is apt to stop asking and abandon you altogether and accept your “no” as a final answer. The prospect of that gives a whole new meaning to “When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die’ and you do not warn him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sins and I will hold you accountable for his blood.” Ezekiel 3:18.

How do we know when God is the one doing the talking? God does not confuse us. He is talking all the time. The key for us is to make a conscious and deliberate effort to listen and hear Him.      

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