#TreasuredTruth #19Of366 #RawderKidulaKedaha
A few years ago I couldn’t stand some very great famous preachers. Everyone would talk about them and quote them but I brushed them a side. I had my reasons, I thought one of them was too loud, another was performing instead of preaching, another was not making sense to me. My friends would recommend books and sermons but I wouldn’t bother, I had reasons why those authors and preachers had a problem. Some, I thought were just after money and fame, and for that reason, there’s nothing they would tell me. At times I would get so mad at the people who literally could not do without watching and listening to them. Then scandals often came here and there, that was it for me, whether true or false, it was a no go zone for me. How can you be a servant of God and have scandals all over? No wonder I don’t listen to you. No wonder my spirit repels you.
Years went by and God kept working in me. Opening my eyes to see Him in people, In His servants. God taught me to love because He first loved me. He reminded me of how wicked I was, how sinful and filthy, how judgmental and petty I was. Yet I am His servant as well. In His word He revealed to me how He used weak people for His purpose, jealous Miriam, manipulative Rebekah, hopeless Eli, unbelieving Sarah, Drunk Noah, impure prophets and many more. I found myself slowly by slowly listening to this preachers from all over the world, I became those people who cannot sleep without listening to sermons or reading a book, I was addicted to the revelation I got after listening to the sermons. Many times I wondered if I read from the same Bible as they did, because of the depth of the sermons.
Ultimately I came to the conclusion that from the beginning, the problem has never been the preachers. I was the problem. I was quick to dismiss everyone because of what I heard, yet I think it’s okay for me to serve God despite of who I am. I discovered that I was a hypocrite and Matthew 7:3-5 was written for me. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’
Many times we disqualify praise and worship leaders, ushers, Sunday school teachers, missionaries, women leaders, men leaders, youth leaders, fellowship leaders, pastors and even church leaders. We think they are not worth being used of God; they are not good enough, we have reasons why they are the problem. We keep praying that God brings better people, instead of praying for the ones He has blessed us with. We even go to church and fellowships depending on who will be there, because the others are not good enough, not funny enough, not spiritual enough, not perfect. Hey, you might miss out on a blessing; you might miss out on opportunities, just because you magnify everyone else’s weaknesses except yours. The problem could be you.
Lord, please open our eyes to see you. In everyone.