I find it interesting how understanding continues to develop. I may have read something years ago and felt I understood it pretty well, but then I read it again and see much more. St. Paul hints at this saying, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.”(1Cor. 13: 11-12)
I was reading the gospel of Luke the other day and saw a number of things that I don’t remember reading before. Even the first three versus jumped out at me where Luke describes how he came to write down this particular account. “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed. (Luke 1:1-4)
Luke didn’t go to some mountain top with a pad of paper and some pencils and wait for the Holy Spirit to speak to him. He compiled an account of information brought to him from others along with his own recollections. While the Holy Spirit inspired this work, Luke used the gifts of writing and organization and motivation that God had given him. Luke played a very important role but he was not alone in this work. Luke humbly gave credit to many others in compiling this gospel.
It’s generally the case in all the acts of God on the earth that many work together to deliver God’s work to the world. There are no “superstars” who work alone. Even Jesus himself, cooperated with the disciples and saints and regular people to bring about his work for the world. The Holy Spirit inspires and guides many people to bring about God’s work. Think about Paul’s conversion from a desperate murderer to a great apostle… the Holy Spirit used so many people to bring this about. Not least among them was Ananias who, with fear and trembling, went to minister and baptize the “blinded Saul”. (Acts 9:10-18) We don’t hear much about Ananias after this magnificent moment… but he sure played a wonderful role in the fledging church.
We hear so much about the great St. Paul, but hardly anything about the less known Ananias. God knew about this man and knew he was an obedient servant. He was taking his life in his hands to visit the terrifying Saul…. yet he obeyed the Lord and went …. “ laying hands on him…… Saul, my brother….”. I’m so impressed with Ananias. He was a chosen and humble instrument of the Lord.
It’s easy to get the “Big Head” when we stumble into some service for God that works out…” oh great job Dave, thanks for saying a prayer… thanks for putting that dollar in the collection…..oh it was nothing… it was nothing….bla,bla,bla.” Today it seems like everyone is a “founder” of something. Here’s Joe Blow, he is the founder of this great ministry. Gee, did he do it by himself… did he have any help?
Years ago I remember a Pentecostal minister being “corrected” for taking too many bows after he gave a talk. He later learned to take in the praise with a deep breath (thank you, thank you) and then raise his head and exhale the praise up to God, thanking him for making it possible to serve him. Humility is vital to serving the Lord and we need to fight to grow in humility every day.
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Lord Jesus make us meek and humble of heart. We offer all our gifts to you as a sacrifice for others and pray you will use this day to build your kingdom🙏 Thank you Jesus for all you have taught us🙌🏻