“God actually delights in exalting our inability. He intentionally puts his people in situations where they come face to face with their need for him” I think of David against Goliath, Moses against Pharoah, Joshua against Jericho, Esther against Haman among others in Scripture. These persons of faith stand against all odds and survived with the grace and glory of God.
Fast forward to 2010, do we need God to start a church? Platt talks about this. A good speaker with good music, an expensive venue, and terrific programs are key ingredients to a “successful” church. We give ministry over to the professional and come to church to be entertained. But contrasted to the early church as described in Acts, we pale in the growth experienced in Jerusalem. From 120 to 3000 to 8000 in a few short weeks, would we be overwhelmed if that kind of growth took place today? The disciples relied on the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to do the same.
If we make our focus to be on our relationship with God – Father, Son and Spirit, then we can rely on God to add to our numbers daily. This is exactly what Luke says happened in the early church. If this was the norm in the beginning of the church, can we expect it to be the norm today? I think so!!
I liked the telling of the story of George Muller, who cared for 10,000+ orphans in his lifetime. He did so by prayer and trust in God to provide. “He risked his life trusting in the greatness of God, in the end his life made much of the glory of God” I want to do this, but am I too stubborn and pig-headed?
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,
Lead us not in temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory
Forever and ever, Amen.