DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Just a few godly people
The army of the Lord may seem small, but God is building His kingdom.
God can do more with a few people who wholly follow Him, than He will do with multitudes of people who just give lip service to God.
God had Gideon send 31,700 men home and defeated the armies of the Midianites with 300 men. David, a young man, killed the giant Goliath. One man and God are a majority.
The army of the Lord may seem small and it may seem like many are abandoning their faith. But God is building an army for His kingdom. John the Baptist said that Jesus would separate the wheat from the chaff. Jesus said that he would divide people because only a few would truly believe. The Bible says that Jesus would be a rock of offense to many.
There is a growing multitude of churches and ministries who are trying to take the truths of Jesus that offend people out of their messages. There is also a growing number of Christians who get offended easily and have made up their own version of what they think the church should be or what God should be like. Instead of humbling themselves before God and serving Him, they have become wise in their own eyes.
Paul wrote, “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.’
“So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. … As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18 ff).
The world right now is being led down a path to trust the wisdom of this world. We are bombarded by messages that science and worldly wisdom has all the answers. God will show the world how foolish its wisdom is; just wait for it.
If you think what Jesus did for you on the cross is foolish, you are headed for destruction. Wake up and seek God.
Those who are being saved know the power of God, and those who are called to salvation know that Christ is the power and wisdom of God. Don’t stumble over the things about God or Jesus you do not understand. Seek after Christ until you experience the saving, cleansing, loving power of God.
Rev. Paul McKibben is pastor of Grace Community Church in Osage.