Tuesday, October 24, 2006

One Ordinary Rock

Have you noticed that one ordinary rock dropped into water can cause reverberations emanating from the epicenter of the point of disruption? (Or, as we in West Virginia call them, "ripples.")

One rock sure can introduce a lot of change to the environment around it. So can one person introduce a lot of change to the environment around him or her:

1. One man, Abraham of Ur, the Hebrew, justified by his faith in believing God's promise, became the father of those who would be saved in Christ. (Genesis 15; Romans 4)

2. One man, Joseph, son of Israel, rose from slavery to second in command of Egypt and saved his family from starvation. (Genesis 37, 39-45)

3. One man, Gideon, a discouraged and pessimistic farmer, stood against his own people's idolatry and delivered the Israelites from the Midianites. (Judges 6-8)

4. One man, David, a shepherd, rose from the pastoral life to the rule of an united Israel. (1 Samuel 16-1 Kings 2)

5. One woman, Hadassa, an orphan, became Queen Esther to King Ahasuerus of Persia and saved the Jews from a holocaust. (Esther)

6. One woman, Mary, a virgin, was chosen to bear and raise the incarnate Son of God. (Luke 1)

7. One man, Peter, a feisty fisherman, became leader of the Apostles. (Acts 1-7,10, et al.)

8. One man, Philip, a laymen, evangelized people and operated in signs and wonders. (Acts 8)

9. One man, Saul of Tarsus, a Hillelian Rabbi, converted to Christianity and became the greatest missionary in Church history. (Acts 8-9, 11-28, et al.)

10. One man, Dionysius, member of the elite Athenian Areopagus, converted to Christianity under Paul's address at Mar's Hill in spite of potential threat of ridicule from his peers. (Acts 17)

By the grace of God, for the love of the Son, and by the power of the Holy Spirit be one ordinary rock. You just have to be thrown from God's hand to cause ripples.