This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
God's decision to allow mere, imperfect mortals to help Him build His Kingdom is a constant source of amazement.
He is omnipotent. He can do anything, anytime, anywhere, without limit. He has innumerable angels, each of whom has great power. He could use one, or a million, to do whatever He wants done.
Yet he chooses lowly us, finite, earth-dwellers, made of clay, sin-prone and mistake-prone. Why?
It helps us to understand if we consider His fatherly relationship with us. Leadership magazine tells the story of Rusty Stephens, a Navigators director in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Rusty relates:
"As I feverishly pushed the lawn mower around our yard, I wondered if I'd finish before dinner. Mikey, our six year old, walked up and without even asking, stepped in front of me and placed his hands on the mower handle. Knowing that he wanted to help me, I quit pushing. The mower quickly slowed to a stop. Chuckling inwardly at his struggles, I resisted the urge to say, 'Get out of here, kid. You're in my way,' and said instead, 'Here, son, I'll help you.' As I resumed pushing, I bowed my back, leaned forward, and walked spread-legged to avoid colliding with Mikey. The grass cutting continued, but more slowly and less efficiently than before, because Mikey was 'helping' me. Suddenly, tears came to my eyes as it hit me: This is the way my heavenly Father allows me to 'help' him build his kingdom! I pictured my heavenly Father at work seeking, saving, and transforming the lost, and there I was, with my weak hands, 'helping.' My Father could do the work by himself, but He doesn't. He chooses to stoop graciously to allow me to co-labor with Him. Why? For my sake, because he wants me to have the privilege of ministering with him."
What a beautiful analogy! God has chosen to use us to help Him. Paul wrote, "We are God's fellow workers" (1 Corinthians 3:9, NKJV).
Paul also wrote: "We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you." (2 Corinthians 5:20, NLT).
By assigning to us the Great Commission, and entrusting to us "the message of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:19), God is allowing us to help Him populate heaven for all eternity!
Marvel of marvels! He is worthy of all praise.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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