Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

08/29/2018

Randall Caselman

 

One In A Million

 

  Anthropologists, archeologists, sociologists, tell us that it would have been possible to have had one million people on the earth during the days of Noah. Yet God chose Noah to be the one to initiate a new beginning. Noah was one-in-a-million. Imagine now that God is going to destroy the earth, and He is searching for one person, one family, to start over. Do you think He would pick us? That makes me a little uncomfortable just thinking about it. Why Noah? What kind of people can God use?

 

  He uses people who are available. God is not looking for the most extraordinary: the most talented, the richest, the prettiest, the most educated, or intelligent. God has the power to equip us with everything we need to serve Him. “God who gives seed to the sower and bread for food can and will supply our needs for a harvest of righteousness.” (See Second Corinthians 9.10). Availability is more important than ability. Attitude is more important than aptitude. God can and will supply the aptitude, the ability, but we must first be available. We must be like Isaiah: “Here am I Lord, send me, use me.”

 

  God uses people who dare to be different. Genesis tells us: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time,and he walked with God.” Second Chronicles tells us, “the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” God's eyes found Noah. God's eyes are still searching today looking for the righteous. Do they come to rest on us? Conformity is an enemy of Christianity. Paul tells us: “we must not allow the world to force us into its mold, but we are to be transformed people, by the renewing of our minds, that we might become living sacrifices" Romans 12.1-2. Peter lets us know that we are to be peculiar, different people, those who belong to God. "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, (OurKJV reads 'a Peculiar people') a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light" (1 Peter 2.9).

 

  God uses people who are perseverant. Moses worked on his project of leading Israel to the promise land for forty years.But Noah bettered Moses by three times that. Becoming a people and person God can use is a lifelong endeavor. Scripture teaches faithfulness unto death “and I'll give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2.10). Christianity is a religion of keeping-on-keeping-on despite discouragement, problems, and pressures.

 

  God uses people of faith. "Noah did all that the Lord commanded him." Faith is following God's instructions, doing what He asks, regardless of human logic. Did it make any sense to build a boat when it had never rained? Did it make sense to build a boat bigger than a football field when the Mediterranean Sea was hundreds of miles away? Faith is having confidence in God and His promises through His word.

 

  Perhaps we should point out here that God uses ordinary people. Noah is giant in God's world, but Noah gets drunk and acts shamefully. Abraham lies about Sarah being his wife. Sarah laughs at God. Jacob lies to his father and cheats his brother. Moses gives into pride. Rahab is a prostitute, David an adulterer, Peter denies Jesus three times. Yet when we turn to Hebrews eleven and read God's Hall of Faith, these men and women are there. Here’s the good news, ordinary people can become one-in-a-million. God is not looking for perfect people. He is searching for those He can use, ordinary folk, like you and me.

 

  Have we blown it? Indeed! But God can handle that. He did with Noah, Abraham, Sarah, David, and Peter.  This is what God's love, grace, mercy and forgiveness is all about. Right now, the Lord is searching the earth for somebody He can use. Do His eyes stop on you, me? Will we become one-in-a-million?

 

—Randall Caselman