“One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life.” (Oswald Chambers)
Why is it that we go to a conference, church service, or rally, where the Word of God is lifted up and lived out and then come home exclaiming, “That was the best time of my life!”? Because we were made, by God, to derive our self-image from Him. He is the one Mirror that never distorts, changes, or lies about our true self-image. We were not designed to have human opinion, nor circumstances enveloping our lives, nor untamed social media define who we are. It is only in knowing who we truly, unchangeably are that we can be used by God, even as just one person, to fulfill His purposes.
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His image … from one degree of glory to another; […this comes] from the Lord …”, Who is the Word of God (2 Corinthians 3:18; Revelation 19:13).
The Word of God tells us, describes to us and defines for us our true identity, because the Word is the Truth (John 17:17). In God’s eyes and estimation we have an unchanging identity. So when we fail He doesn’t change His mind about: (1) who we are; (2) His Love for us; (3) our value to Him and to others; and (4) His mercy and grace toward us. He, His Word, His plan and purposes remain the same – today as they were yesterday and will be forever! (Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 1:11,12; Psalm 102:25-27). We tend to allow people and things to define who we are. For example our feelings, what we see in the mirror, how others treat us, ungodly and unholy words spoken to us, the media, peer pressure, and many other things. When we allow these things to define who we are, we are actually allowing the devil himself to determine our identity.In God’s eyes and estimation we have an unchanging identity. Click To Tweet
“The world has yet to see what God can do through one man wholly yielded to Him.” (D.L. Moody)
We see examples of people “wholly yielded” to God in the Bible and we see the fruit of their believing God because they took Him at His Word. They trusted Him and what He said rather than sight, feelings, and reason. For example, the Lord was very angry with Israel and wanted to destroy them, and He would have “had not Moses [one man] stepped into the breach before Him to turn away His threatening wrath.” (Psalm 106:23) Just one man who knew God and knew who he himself was according to what the Lord had told him. Also, in that same Psalm, we read about a plague breaking out among the Israelites because they had so provoked the Lord.
“Then stood up Phinehas [one man] … and executed judgment, and so the plague was stayed.” (v.31) In Isaiah 6:8, the Trinity asked, “Who will go for Us?”; and Isaiah, one man answered, “Here am I; send me.”
One little Israelite maid, who had been captured by the Syrians and assigned to serve the wife of Naaman, the commander of the Syrian king’s army, dared to declare with certainty that if only Naaman would go to the prophet of God in Samaria he would be healed. And he was. One little maid, her name not even mentioned, but whose life must have impressed and impacted both her mistress and her husband. Oh, the value of the testimony of one life!
“I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” (Ezekiel 21:30)
May we be constrained by His love for us to receive abundant grace to be the one who stands in whatever “gap” He would call us to. Whether it be to pray, preach, teach, evangelize, edify, venture to an unfamiliar mission field or simply be faithful to serve Him in our local assemblies.
A.B.Simpson’s words are encouraging to us: “God is preparing His heroes, and when opportunity comes, He can fit them into their place in a moment, and the world will wonder where they came from. Let the Holy Spirit prepare you, dear friend, by the discipline of life…[which] is not only shaping you into a vessel of beauty and honor, but it is making your resources available [to others].”