Saturday, May 30, 2015

WHO, ME?? - by Linden Malki

Hey you, Noah!  Who, me? Yes, you. I've got a job for you.  Who, me? Yes, you. I want you to build a boat.
What's a "boat"? It's like a box that floats on water.
 Why?  There's going to lots and lots of water coming.
Why? Because the world is full of people who are doing bad stuff and not Listening to Me.Why me?  Because you are a righteous man, and I appreciate that. In fact, you're the only one I can trust.
We know the rest of the story...

Abram! O, Abram!Who, me?  Yes. you. It's time to move on out.Move where? To the land I have for you; where you will be a great nation!Who, me? I have no children, and no prospect of any. Don't worry about it; that will change. I can take care of that. 
We know the rest of this story, as well.

Moses! Moses!
Here I am!  Take off your shoes and keep your distance. This is holy ground!  I am the God of your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.(Moses turns away) I can't look!  I know what's going in Egypt, and it has to stop. And You are going go to Pharoah and get them out.
Who, me?  Yes, you. and I will be with you.
And who are you? What's your Name? I AM WHO I AM.  Go, tell the Israelites that it's time to get out.
We know this story, too!

We know these stories because there are so many of them.  Samuel, David, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Daniel, and more. And then Jesus. He called individuals--Peter, James, John and the rest of that bunch.  Nicodemus, Zaccheus, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Joseph of Aramathea. A thief on the next cross. His brothers James and Jude. And then hundreds and thousands of people--on hillsides, for lunch. By the seaside at Galilee. And Peter and the boys, on a street in Jerusalem.  And then Paul, and Paul in Ephesus, and Athens, and Philippi, and even Rome itself.  And Polycarp, and Nicolas, and Patrick; Boniface, and Martin of Tours. Francis, Wycliffe, Hus, Luther.Carey, Judson, Livingstone, Serra. Wesley. Newton and Wilberforce. Peter Marshall, Billy Graham, King.  And more, many many more,  some of whom influenced thousands, and some known only to a few--

And each of us. And very often, our first reaction is Who, me? And You want me to do WHAT?? And the answer usually is I'll show you, and I'll be with you.  A very wise man once said : We plan the way we want to live,    but only God makes us able to live it. (Proverbs 16:9 The Message)

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