#14 Utter Dependence – Blind, Poor, Lame and Needy
Posted: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017Print
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Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Luke 14:22-24 ESV
And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’
The poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind – all who are needy by a desperate need. All who cannot survive, live or function without God’s entire involvement in their lives! These know God, love God and are His disciples.
Saul persecuted the early Christians with strength and determination. He was strong in his ability, firm in his religion, and self-sufficient in his knowledge. On the ‘highway’ to Damascus, the Lord interrupted him and in one moment changed him from a mighty warrior fighting the wrong battle to a blind, stumbling, ignorant man. God reduced him to need – dependence on Him and on God’s choice of a disciple to help him. Need of God and need of the man God sends.
Then the Lord isolated him for 3 years in the desert and Paul emerged as one of the greatest disciples and the one entrusted with writing epistles to all believers through the ages and into eternity. And Paul boasted of his weakness, loved his dependence, taught the early church – and us – to live as he lived: in vulnerability and total need of God (2 Cor. 12:8-10).
Paul is the great picture of God’s ability to produce the necessary need that enables us to fall to the ground before Him…and how He can compel a man on the road to his own destruction to come to His feast!