The Important You

Hopefully you know that though you might feel insignificant, you are not insignificant to God. Satan and society might to belittle you and make you feel worthless. The Word of God, however, has a number of examples that the seemingly least of us can be used by Him for His glory.
The Important You
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Okay, so you are not well-known like Billy or Franklin Graham. You are not Wesley or Spurgeon. Neither am I. To most others we are just the average person, and we might even be despised by some. We may feel worthless or useless. God says otherwise and there are a number of people in the Holy Bible that we do not even know their name, but they were used by God, whether some realized it or not. Let us look at seven of such nameless cases and we will see how God can use us in seven ways.

I. Everyday Duties

(The
Man Carrying A Pitcher)

Mark 14:13-16, especially verse 13 - 
And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?" '15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us."

For some people work is just a daily routine. This account in Mark shows an unnamed man faithfully doing his work. Most likely he had no idea that his mundane task facilitated the event most disciples of Christ would later refer to as “the last supper.” It would be there Christ would establish the emblems of bread and wine to remind us of His torn body and shed blood. Satan would enter Judas there and it was there Christ washed the disciples’ feet.

This should encourage us to be faithful in all that we do in the Lord. It should also help us to consider that even the smallest thing we do can count for something. We might never find out here the ramifications of our actions, but we might be surprised in eternity.

II. Gratefulness To God

(The Returning Leper) 

Luke 17:11-19, especially 15 and 16 which is as follows.

15  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 

Ten lepers met Christ as He was going through a village. They begged that He might show mercy upon them and heal them. The disease of leprosy is bad enough, but probably worse was that it made those who were afflicted with it social outcasts. Christ told them to go show themselves to the priests. All ten were healed, but only one returned to express his thanks.

Leprosy throughout the Holy Bible represents sin, and the greatest miracle that one could ever have is being saved from their self and sin. If one has truly surrendered to Christ and has Christ within they should be continually grateful for their salvation.

And gratefulness to God should be in every facet of life, whether something “big” has happened to us or something small. We should be grateful for every blessing that we have. Each night I am so grateful to God that I have a decent place to sleep.

Such a spirit of thankfulness will be noted not only by God, but by others. In some cases such gratefulness might lead them to Christ. Another benefit of gratefulness to God is a stronger spiritual life because His joy gives us strength.

III. Meager Provisions

(The Lad With Loaves And Fishes)

John 6:5-13, especially verse 9 which is as follows.

"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"

The Holy Bible has a number of accounts where God did great wonders with small things. Our faith must not be in the material, but in the Creator Who can do all things according to His holy nature and His will.

What is also precious about this account is the starting food was provided by a young lad.  Jesus was teaching to thousands in the wilderness and they were becoming hungry. Yet this young lad was there, apparently willing to share--not knowing thousands would be fed.

This reminds me of the story of George Mueller I heard decades ago on a children’s record. Brother Mueller lived in England in the 1800s when there were many children without homes or parents to care for them. He felt God tell him to do something about the situation. “But God, I have no money,” he replied. However, bit by bit God provided the things he needed and there soon was an orphanage. The link below will give you more information on brother Mueller {1}.

IV. Providentially Used By God

(The Man Who Gave Joseph Directions)

Genesis 37:13-17, especially verses 15 to 17

13 And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." So he said to him, "Here am I." 14 Then he said to him, "Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me." So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. 15 Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, "What are you seeking?" 16 So he said, "I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks." 17 And the man said, "They have departed from here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.

For those not familiar with the life of Joseph, he was the favorite son of his father Jacob and had dreams from God that somehow his brothers and parents would bow down to him. This and a few other factors made his older brothers jealous, with an ungodly jealousy. That quickly takes us to the above Holy Bible text. When he came to his brothers, they were going to kill him, but decided to sell him to a group of traders that were heading to Egypt. They kept his outer coat of many colors and dipped in animal’s blood so their father would assume Joseph was killed.

The story gets quite involved after this and you may read it for yourself from Genesis 37 to 50. In brief, after many troubles he becomes ruler in Egypt second only to Pharaoh, with God using Joseph to see to it there would be plenty of food for the Egyptians and others during a seven year famine that would come upon that region. And there is much more to be said than that.
 
The point for this message is that a man, nameless to us, “just happened” to hear that Joseph’s brothers wanted to go to Dothan and that he “just happened” to meet Joseph. That is, on the human level it might be said it “just happened” but behind this happenstance we see the hand of God. Always be open to this move of God. I find it tremendously awesome when the providence of God clearly moves in my life.

V. Admonishing

1 Kings 20:35-43

(The Prophet That Said, “Smite me.")

To me, and I am sure to you, this will be a very odd story, but before we get to it I would like to outline the background for it as it occurs in 1 Kings 20:1-34:

 1. Ben-Hadad King of Syria desired to ravage the household of Ahab.
 2. Ahab finally rebuffs Ben-Hadad and before Ben-Hadad’s first attack, God sends a prophet to assure Ahab that Ben-Hadad will not win.
 3. God desired to convert Ahab (...you shall know I am YHVH, v.13).
 4. The prophet also gives Ahab instructions of how to come against Ben-Hadad and Ahab follows through.
 5. Ben-Hadad loses, and returns to Syria.
 6. Ben-Hadad makes a second attempt.
 7. The prophet states in verse 28 that God would deliver Ben-Hadad into his hand and again says “...you shall know I am YHVH."
 8. Ben-Hadad miserably fails, but escapes alive.
 9. Because they are related, Ahab spares Ben-Hadad’s life.

Sparing Ben-Hadad’s life was a compromise in the eyes of God. Ahab easily fell into that compromise because, though God wanted Ahab to know Him, Ahab did not seek YHVH. When God said about knowing Him, the context and the whole counsel of Holy Scripture indicates that such knowledge is a direct and intimate knowledge of God whereby He communes with us and we lovingly obey Him.

After sparing Ben-Hadad’s life, we read the following in 1 Kings 20:35-43, and note that in verse 35 the prophet is unnamed:
Now a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor in the word of YHVH, "Strike me, please." And the man refused to strike him. 36 Then he said to him, "Because you have not obeyed the voice of YHVH, surely, as soon as you depart from me, a lion shall kill you." And as soon as he left him, a lion found him and killed him. 37 And he found another man, and said, "Strike me, please." So the man struck him, inflicting a wound. 38 Then the prophet departed and waited for the king by the road, and disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes. 39 Now as the king passed by, he cried out to the king and said, "Your servant went out into the midst of the battle; and there, a man came over and brought a man to me, and said, 'Guard this man; if by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.' 40 While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." Then the king of Israel said to him, "So shall your judgment


be; you yourself have decided it." 41 And he hurried to take the bandage away from his eyes; and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 Then he said to him, "Thus says YHVH: 'Because you have let slip out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.' " 43 So the king of Israel went to his house sullen and displeased, and came to Samaria.

Imagine being used by God as prophet and asking someone to smack you in the head! But this unnamed prophet went ahead and received physical injury. As you see, this unnamed prophet was used by God to admonish, rebuke, king Ahab.

Part of the problem of today’s world is that there are not enough strong, powerful, Biblical rebukes meted out. The world has been trained to consider Jesus Christ as sugar coated, so sweet that He would never levy an insult. After all, that is “verbal abuse,” so they say. But if we look closely at the Gospels we will see there are a number of times that Christ strongly rebuked those close to Him, His disciples. People tend to gloss over verses like Luke 24:25 where, after being raised from the dead, He calls two of His disciples foolish and slow (and the Greek word could mean stupid {2}) of heart.

The world would be less corrupt today if more in the Body of Christ would call sin sin, then point to the good news of the salvation of Christ and, or, the mending power of Christ for our lives. For example, how many churches, fellowships, and ministries have you heard declare that di-v-or-ce {3} and remarriage to another is adultery? And it surely is because Christ said it is in Luke 16:18. And some in the Body of Christ have substituted psychology for the working of God’s Holy Spirit in a person’s life.

We do not need Rick Warrens proclaiming sugar coated messages. We need more in the Body of Christ to Biblically take a stand, confront sin, and proclaim the Gospel without compromise.

VI. Directing To Healing

(The Young Girl And Naaman)

2 Kings 5:1-3, especially verse 2.

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him YHVH had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back from captivity a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy."

These three verses teach us many things. For one, the fact that Naaman, an ungodly Gentile, is focused upon shows God’s love for all people and that He desires none should perish in their sin. Another is the fact that despite being a captive of the enemy, the little girl in this account had a loving attitude toward her captors.

Most people know the rest of the story, but for those that do not please read 2 Kings 5. Naaman was eventually healed of his leprosy. There, indeed, is healing in God and we can have a great ministry of pointing others to the God Who heals.

Also, throughout the Word of God leprosy represents sin. So, again everyone that knows Christ as their Savior has a great ministry to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ whereby a person may be cleansed of their sin by the sacrificial work of Christ upon the cross.


VII. Being Touched By God

(The Lame Man In The Temple)

Acts 3:1-8, especially verse 2

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, upon seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, "Look at us." 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them --- walking, leaping, and praising God.

There is something different here. In the preceding six accounts the nameless people took an active role, even if it was quite minor or routine. However, in this case the “certain lame man” was passive. He received something.

It may pretty well be assumed that this lame man was resigned to the idea that he would always be lame. All he could and would do was to beg for alms. However, he permitted God to move in his life and as a result he was not only blessed, but others were blessed and God was glorified.

We have to learn to depend upon God. While it is nice to have some help at hand, dependence upon God is a major factor in seeing God move in one’s life. Miracles like that which the lame man received are more difficult to see in the United States because most people often get on Social Security Disability. That steady cash coming in each month can easily replace God. In many cases it is not that they do not believe in God, but the cash lessens the urgency to seek His face.

Let us learn to be dependent upon God and open to what God can do in our lives. If we permit God to move it will surely bring glory to Him with blessings for us and others.

I find it comforting that these seven people are unnamed, but yet have a place in the Word of God. This points out the fact that each of us is important in the eyes of God and that we can be used by God.

Of course we could give a few more examples of how we can be used by God. We can serve and honor God in many ways. Let us be open to what God wants to do in our life. May we never “sell ourselves short,” but realize what we can be in Him and follow through.

Notes:

{1} http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids/george-mueller-orphanages-built-by-prayer-11634869.html

{2} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{3} These words are purposely broken apart to avoid unwanted advertisements, and so throughout the article as needed.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Neither should one believe blindly those who pretend to be inspired, such as politicians, theorists, business people and all who promise to make us happy.
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