Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Marvelous Deeds of the Lord

UV 2234/10000 The Marvelous Deeds of the Lord
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Matthew 21 v 42

Persons who are rejected by the builders of this world are accepted by the architect of the universe- the Lord. The Lord selects the rejected, dejected and ejected of this world and turns them into the instruments of building His kingdom on earth. Jesus Himself was rejected by the Pharisees and leaders of the Jewish people but became the chief cornerstone of the Kingdom of God. Likewise, unlikely persons are chosen by the Lord to become manger leaders and managers who can turn around lives and organisations. In management parlance, they undergo a paradigm shift or complete transformation. Peter, the emotional, impetuous, volatile, vacillating person under the influence of the Lord and His anointing becomes Peter, the rock, the mature leader, the source of inspiration, the devout and dedicated follower who is ready to die for the Lord and His work.

Jesus chose twelve men who were themselves considered not qualified or capable of leading people to God and His kingdom. They were not high born, eloquent or well to do. Yet, the Lord made them the cornerstones on which He built the world-wide church. The Lord is able to build vision, passion, strength and commitment into the lives of otherwise ordinary people so that He accomplishes great things in and through them. Jehovah chose a stammering and broken Moses, lacking in self confidence and full of self doubt, to lead Israel out of captivity in Egypt. Yet, Moses did marvellous and great acts to deliver his people from slavery and lead them into freedom. The application for us is that when we are rejected by our seniors, colleagues or even friends and family, we should not loose heart. As long as we have the favour or grace of the Lord upon our lives, we have hope that He will make something of our lives.

The Lord chooses weak people to manifest His glorious power and grace. Such persons have no vestige of pride in self and empty themselves so that they are filled with the anointing and power of the Spirit of God. When great things are accomplished through such weak persons, people who see it marvel at the glory and power of God. The Lord has done marvelous things in each of our lives, despite our sins, our weaknesses, our faithlessness, our pride, our deceit, our lust, our ignorance. The backdrop of our ordinariness makes the acts of mercy and grace of the Lord in our lives even more awesome and adorable. We must always remind ourselves of the countless marvelous things the Lord has done for us hitherto. It will fill us with a sense of gratitude, strengthen our faith and open the gates for even more miracles and blessings to be experienced or received in our lives.

Prateep V Philip

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