Saturday, October 13, 2012
Welcome to Day 286 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Nehemiah 9:35, “Even while they were in their kingdom,
enjoying your great goodness
to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve you or turn from their evil ways.”
Nehemiah 10:39, ““We will not neglect the house of our God.”
Acts 2:37, “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
I think it was Dr. John Maxwell who said,”Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
Notice how Nehemiah and Peter both took on leadership roles. Nehemiah went from being a cupbearer to a King, to being Governor and rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Peter was a fisherman, who after being with Jesus 3 years, denied even knowing him, is now empowered by the Spirit and taking on an Apostolic role, and after preaching to a crowd, led 3,000 people to Christ.
Interesting how after betraying Jesus, Judas hanged himself. Yet, Peter, after denying Jesus, spent time with other believers… and, after seeing Jesus that morning after the resurrection, when Jesus showed up on shore while they were fishing… Peter then restored and empowered. He could have gone out and hanged himself, but he chose not to… Just imagine if he had?
Two very different outcomes, Judas and Peter…
I love stories of how God plucks one out of obscurity and thrusts them into a role that would be unattainable otherwise.
Like Joseph, for instance… from imprisoned (innocent-yet-convicted) rapist to Vice Pharaoh.
Daniel was a cultural transformer. Brought into Babylon as a slave, interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and was promoted into the Royal Court. Ultimately, a decree was given that everyone had to worship the God of Daniel. (Remember the lion’s den ordeal?)
In one message, Peter led 3,000 people to Christ. That’s pretty amazing. I love how he quoted from the Psalms and the Prophets (Joel) as he wove in the story of Jesus, leading everyone to a point of repentance, when they asked, “What should be do?”
Nehemiah led the people to a point when they stated, “We will not neglect the house of God.”
Pretty good outcomes…
Stories like these always give me… I was going to say, “hope,” but I think “confidence” is a better word. What God calls us to, he empowers us for. He gives us the wisdom and the gifts we need to accomplish the call on our life.
Whether we are a cup bearer or a fisherman… A Governor or an Apostle…
Thank you Lord that you use ordinary people to do extraordinary exploits!