Called to do the Outrageous

It amazes me to think that God uses people to accomplish his will and purpose. And while I stand in complete amazement, I am humbled by the fact that I am one of those people. But what really gets me is that when he calls, it’s usually to do something totally outrageous.

Consider this with me.

As we thumb through the Bible, we find story after story of God calling men, and women, to do incredibly outrageous things. For instance, Noah is asked to build a boat in the middle of land. Abram is ask to pick up his belongings and his wife and move to a place they didn’t know. Moses is asked to return to Egypt, a land he fled as a fugitive, to free the Hebrews out of Pharaoh hand. And the list goes on and on. Even today we hear stories of Christians led to do the most outrageous things, all for the glory of God.

So what is it about God’s people and outrageous requests? Well, God likes to prove himself with the outrageous simply because he can.

The Bible is clear, to what the world finds foolish, God finds perfectly logical. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:25, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Now this verse isn’t declaring that God is a foolish thinker. It’s just the opposite. God’s wisdom is so far beyond our own, we can’t begin to fully comprehend what God thinks and does.

To the human mind, building a boat in the middle of dry land, all while proclaiming a warning for the coming flood seems foolish. Packing up your wife and belongs to go to a place you don’t know so you can become a mighty nation sound utterly ridiculous. Putting your son, your only son, and innocent man, on a cross to die for the sins of the world is an outrageous sacrifice. But in God’s mind, what appears to be foolishness to man is God’s perfect plan for mankind.

Paul says, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Corinthians 1:27.)

When was the last time you were called to do something outrageous for God? Did it seem like complete foolishness at the time? Did you sit back and wonder, “How in the world is this going to work?” Did the people around you think you were out of your mind?

Well now you know how Noah felt. But it was a good thing he built that boat. And what about Abram? Mighty nation? All the world blessed through him? You bet.

Let’s thank God, that he chooses to work within the foolishness of our lives in order to accomplish the greatness of his will!

– jay

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