Heroes and Knaves

Monday, Oct. 6

Why did God pick Abraham? Why Moses? Why Esther? Why Matthew? Why John?
Why Mary? Why John the Baptist? Throughout the Bible God picked people whom He empowered to do great things for Him. Even with divine enablement, most of them stumbled along the way. Some were miserable failures—Saul, Ahab and Jezebel. God intended that both the successful ones and the failures would be examples for us. I would like to be like Daniel or Paul. I don’t want to be an Ahab. As I thought about this, I realized that I evaluate myself on the basis of the great ones—Abraham or Paul. The problem with this is that I fall way short. It tends to be discouraging and defeating. There are many throughout Scripture that fall into the common ordinary category. Besides the heroes and knaves are thousands of people that lived good lives or bad, but did not become famous or infamous. I think I need to be careful not to demean my life because I’m not a Paul, or inflate my importance by comparing myself to Judas Iscariot. I’m reminded again of 1 Cor. 4:2. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” That is the way we need to think about our particular ministry.

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