BEYOND STATUS

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“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”
Philippians 3:7

Reading through the books of the Bible, one will encounter different examples of God using people regardless of their status to approve his will on earth.

God truly delights in using unconventional means to achieve his purpose. We will consider some of these examples today.

In 2 Kings 7:1-20, God used four lepers to liberate the people of Samaria from famine; the effect of a long siege. The prophecy of restoration that had sounded ridiculous the day before came to pass in an unexpected way.

Similarly, God chose to defy human expectations of the coming of the Messiah. Jesus was born in a manger and grew up as the son of a carpenter. Yet, He was to be the Savior of the world.

In the same vein, Jesus could have chosen young, vibrant and academically sound guys to be His disciples. Rather, he went for men mostly of humble backgrounds and transformed them into fishers of men (This was and still is a prestigious and eternally rewarding assignment).

These men had their imperfections and inadequacies but they were greatly instrumental to the spread of the Gospel in Israel and around the world.

However, when it was time for Jesus to be buried, an influential person had to come on the scene for prophecy to be fulfilled. (Matthew 27:57-60). Joseph of Arimathaea got permission from Pilate and bought a new tomb for Jesus’ body to be laid in.

Indeed, God is no respecter of persons, He accepts all men. This statement was made by Peter when God instructed him to preach to Cornelius, the Gentile army officer and his family.

“So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him…'” Acts 10:34-35 (ESV)

Friends, the will of God is to see all men saved and this will not happen by an overnight miracle. It is our collective responsibility irrespective of our individual societal status.

The message of Christ must be preached to all by all of us; rich, not-so-rich, popular or otherwise. This is not a license for complacency or laxity but an emphasis on your worth to God.

Today’s message is simple. Your status is perfect enough for God. Do away with excuses and take a bold stand for the Gospel.

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