Friday, May 21, 2010

What If…

On April 20th, 1889, a baby named Adolf Hitler was born in Brannau am Inn, Austria. As a boy, Adolf sang in a church choir and thought about becoming a priest. Imagine what would have happened if Adolf heard the true gospel and committed his life to Jesus? With his powerful speaking skills, Adolf could have been used by God to bring revival to Germany and other parts of Europe. Instead the Führer was used by the devil to spread death and destruction unlike anybody else in human history.

God often uses the most unlikely people to fulfill His purposes. Consider the conversation between Ananias and the Lord shortly after Saul (later renamed Paul) of Tarsus got knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus in Acts 9…

11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” 
13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.

The next time you have doubts about ministering to a particular person, ask God to clarify if this is a divine appointment set up by Him. Your obedience could have an impact on human history. You may end up bringing salvation to someone who will become the next Billy Graham or Reinhard Bonnke.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14

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