25 Mar The Man Whom God Picks to Serve.
I have taken note of late how so many church planting groups have set up very long list of requirements to both be a church planter and pastor. But yet I find no such list or requirements by God in scripture. One group that I have a connection to takes the requirements for elders and bishops in the bible and applies those to planters and pastors, but that is not what the scriptures say those requirements are for are for. So they are taking it upon them selves to apply those requirements to being a pastor.
If one looks at scripture what one will find is God uses whom He wants to do His work in the top areas like prophets, pastors, leaders such as Kings. And He has always it seem used the worst sinners He can find. The ones He knows will screw up big time. Unlike so many groups today who say you must be not only sinless but can never at any time in your life sinned or have any faults at all. And if you every do sin, you are out, fired. But yet God has never done that, required such a thing.
When I look at scripture what I find is that God chooses whom He wish without regard to who man thinks should be the one. In fact through out history His people have overwhelmingly be opposed to His pick to sever and speak for Him. Like Jesus said, “no prophet is accepted in his time.” When He picked David He passed over David’s 6 older brothers for the one no one expected to the one. When He called Saul, out of all the Pharisees he pick the worst one, passing over the Nickodemus’ in lieu for the one who was against the church to plant churches.
God sums it up in 1 Co 1:27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
You see God picks and uses sinners even the worst sinners to hold the highest offices in His kingdom, the most important jobs, He uses murders, adulterers, cheats, and liar’s, even men of the worst kind of sins. So that He and He alone gets all the credit for what the person does, so that unlike so many today do, take credit for what they are doing, or claim they deserve the calling based on their own righteousness. Bur rather they must claim it is only by the mercy and the righteousness of Christ alone, anything good they do is God not of their own merit or ability.