Posted by: prosperingchristians | April 28, 2015

Something out of Nothing

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In this Digital Age and the activities in the social networks, it would be very difficult not to draw attention to oneself. The Internet is about sharing information about our lives in the hopes that others will see it and respond to us. I often wonder how Jesus would interact in the social networks.
Martin Luther has said, God created the world out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, he can make something out of us.” This is such a powerful statement! In essence, Martin Luther is trying to say that if we let God work in and through us, he can make something out of us.

It is not easy to be humble in a world which aims to bring people into the limelight by exposing their lives, their talents, their accomplishments, and their tales. Many people seek to be known, to be famous. Some parents try to do everything that they can to bring attention to their child through their achievements in school, in sports, and in their extra-curricular activities.

This desire to be in the forefront of activity is a clear display of pride. We give it no thought and it is something that we strive to achieve. This is in contrast to what Jesus desired. There were several instances in the Bible where he tried to conceal himself and his activities. He told the people that he healed not to tell anyone. When people tried to find him to perform more miracles, he hid.

After Jesus had rebuked the Jews for believing and telling lies, the Jews wanted to stone him, but he hid. John 8:59 says,” Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

After Jesus told the disciples that his time had come and that he would be glorified, he said in John 12:36 – “While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”

All throughout his ministry, Jesus proclaimed that God was doing the work and performing miracles and not himself. In John 5:30 he says, “I can of mine own self do nothing.” He was giving God the glory. In verse 8:28 he says, “I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”

In humility, Jesus became nothing so that he could serve humanity through the ushering in of a new covenant which was to give us salvation from our sins. No more did we have to endure punishments for our sins, but instead we have forgiveness and the promise of life everlasting. This gift was given to us over 2000 years ago and continues to be available to those who would follow Jesus.

So many of us are used to doing things our own way, sometimes to our own detriment. God can do it so much better! He has the plan for our lives. He created us for a purpose which is buried in our hearts. He does things in order and in his perfect timing. We can have so much more if we would follow his leading and guidance. He knows everything about everything and everyone. He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. David was well aware of this when he wrote Psalm 139:1, 2: “O Lord thou hast searched me and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and my uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”

If we want to great, we have to become nothing first and the allow God to work through us, for he has a mighty message for mankind through the work that he would do through us.. God says in Genesis 12:2, 2 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.”

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