Sunday, May 18, 2008

Least Likely to Succeed

Sometimes the ones we expect to be the most successful may end up falling short of the assumed destination. It is natural for people to favor the most talented, the most "anointed", or the most outstanding people. God's selection process often does not work that way.

Because God is Sovereign, we must be very careful when we discountinue associating with fellow dance ministers because we have already selected our favorites. God's boot camp takes place in the strangest locations and circumstances. Alliances made with motives for ministry invitations, prestige, and special consideration will not last. What looks like rapid growth can in reality be accelerated death. When we operate in the flesh, it can turn into a "if you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" type of situation. It is better to have the Lord's endorsement than that of men.

What we do to the "little people" is being monitored by God. Keeping this in mind, we must treat each and every person we come in contact with in a loving manner. Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul can all testify to the success of the unlikely candidate. Without the Lord's favor and grace, we would not be able to move in the gifts and talents that He has so liberally given. Let us not count anyone out just yet... God is working.

Deuteronomy 7:6-7 (NKJV)
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;

Judges 6:14-16 (NKJV)
Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

Luke 9:48 (NKJV)
And said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”

Ephesians 3:8 (NKJV)
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ

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