Greatness Through Weakness

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

The destiny of the suffering Servant of God (Isaiah 53:1-12) is greatness.  God will give his Servant “a portion among the great” and the Servant “will divide the spoils with the strong” (53:12).  But this greatness can only be achieved through weakness and suffering.  The Servant “had no beauty or majesty”; “he was despised and rejected by men”; “familiar with suffering”; “he was oppressed and afflicted”; “he was led like a lamb to the slaughter”, etc. (53:1-11).  Throughout history, this is how God achieved God’s purposes through his Servants.  In the Bible it starts with a humble elderly immigrant and his barren wife being chosen by God to be the primary vehicle of God’s blessings to the entire world (Genesis 12:1-3).  That was just the beginning of an entire biblical history of God raising up the weak and unlikely to lead God’s cause against the strong.  Of course, it reaches its culmination in the humbling of Jesus on the cross to be exalted above all names (Philippians 2:5-11).  Many scorn and despise the seemingly humble and weak ministries of the Church.  And yet, today’s Body of Christ is still God’s vehicle to achieve God’s purposes in the world.  And you and I are part of it.  Do we really believe that God can use ordinary people like us to achieve His purposes?

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