Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Acts 9

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.” (verse 15)

God really does work in some mysterious ways. One such is the choosing of someone who no one would expect to carry out an important mission for him. Paul is the most obvious example, being a persecutor of the early church, but in God’s plan, the Apostle to the Gentiles. Luther is another – a man who frightened in a thunderstorm, begged ‘St Anne’ to save him. But in God’s plan, he was the founder of the Reformation. George Mueller was a gambling reprobate, but in God’s plan he was to care for thousands upon thousands of orphans by faith.

There are so many people in the world who are publically opposed to Christianity. They seem impossible to our human minds to come to faith in Christ. But this is not impossible for God – and this is precisely the type of thing He delights to do, for it demonstrates how the foolishness of God is far above the wisdom of the world.

What is our part in all this? To pray that those who are lost to come to Him. To restore those who have, just as Ananias and Barnabas did to Paul. And to help each of them find their role in the extension of God’s kingdom.

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