“God’s ways really aren’t our ways. We talk about authority, and Jesus talks about serving. We want to have political power so that we can make things right; he makes us of no account that we might see him make things right. We want to be strong that we can help, and he makes us weak that we might be powerful. We take pride in our accomplishments that we might praise him with our efforts; he allows major failure that people might see him. We bask in our purity that we might bear witness to his dominion; he allows us to sin and shows us the sin that we might bear witness to his grace. We really do think that helplessness is a liability. It may be if you are a soldier, a policeman, or a teacher, but in spiritual matters just the opposite is true.
When you read the Gospels, you find that Jesus never refused help to the helpless, that he never refused forgiveness to the sinners, that he never turned away from the unfit. The people Jesus didn’t seem to care about–no, the people who really “ticked” him off–were the secure, the strong, the pure, and the self-righteous.
God is in the business of taking nobodies and using them in powerful and supernatural ways. So, if you are in a hopeless situation or you are praying for someone in a hopeless situation, is that bad? No, that’s good. It’s God’s opportunity. It is rarely in the hands of a religious media giant or a well-known saint that God performs miracles. It usually happens through the prayers of a child…or something quite like one. Then it is truly a sign and a wonder.”
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