Who are you most like?
Who are you most like?
‘Time in the Word’ By Clayton Adams
Have you thought of which character in the Bible you are-more-or less like? Throughout the Bible, God reveals His love, grace, mercy and character through the lives, struggles and deaths of so many people. Who do you identify with?
Abraham? He was chosen by God to be the father of the faithful. It is through Abraham that the nation of Israel and the Savior of the world would come from.
The problem is Abraham didn’t understand God’s promise or His ways and messed up his life through having relations with another woman. What a story of God’s grace, mercy and faithfulness to a man who tried to help-himself and failed miserably.
Moses? His whole life was miraculous. Born to the Jewish (slaves) but adopted and educated by the Pharaoh (ruling class).
God called Moses out of his high-class position to be the leader of slaves.
Moses, though called by God, highly educated, able to perform miracles, sometimes lost his temper and became angry. Are you one born to poor, down and out folks but have risen to heights no one in your family can imagine and ever asking “why me?”
Perhaps Rahab? Now this is someone most churches wouldn’t let in if they knew her past. Rahab was a prostitute, but overwhelmed with a desire to know God, she stepped out in faith and helped save two Jewish men and assisted the Jews to win a crucial battle. Rahab becomes part of the lineage that produced Jesus. Amazing!
Maybe you can identify with David, called by God to be the second king of Israel. God said of David, “… I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22, 1 Samuel 13:14). David did follow God, but, like each of us, David’s heart caused him to follow his own human desire. In the black and white of Scripture we read that one can live for God, have a heart to follow God but still make very bad decisions and sin. I understand this all to well. Do you?
Peter was a fisherman, called from his occupation to follow Jesus. Peter was a man’s man, ready to physically fight, full of bravado and unfortunately able to open his mouth and stick both his feet (as the saying goes) in. He often said things that just were badly timed or completely off base. However, God used Peter to witness to hundreds if not thousands of people and gave him the strength of His Holy Spirit so that Peter lived up to the great things God called Peter to do and died a witness to the truth of God and the Resurrection of Jesus. Are you like Peter, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time but know you want to be used by God?
There are hundreds more people one can read about in the Bible – each one used by God even with their human frailty’s, faults and “issues.’ I believe what I read, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
No matter your color, education, experiences, homelife, skills or abilities, God has created you especially for Himself. He has created works that you and you alone can accomplish. NO one else can be you, no one else can do what God has created, gifted and called you to do. What is important is not who you can compare yourself with, but who can you learn from?
God allows us to read of the faults, failures and errors of others so we can see our need for Him in our lives. Who do you best identify with? The more I think about it, the more I have in common with the thief hanging on the Cross next to Jesus. In the end, the one thief admitted his need for Christ and desire to be in heaven. That’s me!
Is it You?
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