Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14 (additional reading: Psalm 8:1-9 and Proverbs 18:23-24)
1 Chronicles 9 talks about “VERY ABLE MEN FOR THE WORK OF THE SERVICE OF THE HOUSE OF GOD.” The service of God required men of God in that day, and that still holds true today.
One day a chicken and a pig came upon a church building and read the advertisement on the billboard out front, which read, “Help Us Feed the Poor.” Immediately the chicken suggested they help feed the poor with bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, “There is one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you, it only requires a contribution, but for me, it requires total commitment.”
Many in the church today do not want to be totally committed to the Lord because it demands too much of them.
When the vast majority of the men in Israel had turned their backs on God and were taken as captives, there was one group of men that had remained faithful.
It’s been said over and over, “The greatest ability is availability.” It doesn’t matter what abilities you possess if you’re not available to God you’re useless to the cause of Christ. ISAIAH 6:8, “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” You see Isaiah responded to the call of God.
We often look at men like Isaiah, Abraham, Moses, David, Paul and many others as great men with tremendous abilities, but the truth is they were men like you and me. They were ordinary men who made themselves available to the Almighty God and God did amazing things through them.
God used them in great ways to impact the lives of thousands and even millions simply because they like Isaiah said, “Here am I send me.”
- How do you respond to God’s call?
- Are you available for the Kingdom?
Father, Thank You for the abilities that You give us to serve You and others. Help us to respond to Your prompting and like Isaiah say, “Here I am, send me.” Help us to be quick to obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen