Unlikely

church-clip-art-2Someone once pointed out that Christians are unlikely people called by an unlikely king to do unlikely things. Let’s take a closer look at that statement.

First of all, who are we that God would take notice of us? The Psalm writer poses the question “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (8:4). Yet we know that God loves us so much that he sent his only son to die for us so that we wouldn’t have to perish, but could have eternal life (John 3:16). Remarkably, God did this, not because we are so lovable, but in spite of our treatment of him. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Second, it was an unlikely king who called us. Who would have thought that the God of the universe would come to earth in the form of a baby and be laid in a manger! Later, as an adult, Jesus would still not be the type of Messiah that most people were expecting. Although the Old Testament had predicted that the Messiah would be a suffering servant, the life and death of King Jesus caught a lot of people by surprise.

Finally, we are called to do unlikely things. Who would have imagined that the followers of Jesus would change the world as dramatically as they have! The poor are served, the sick are healed and the lost are saved! The church’s impact on humanity cannot be adequately measured, and our positive effect will be seen throughout eternity!

Unlikely, and yet it happened!

 

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