Only the Talented and Rich Need Apply

by Stan Mitchell
“Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5).
(This overheard in a Public Relations office, Jerusalem, 4 B.C.)
“But Lord, how can I work with these people? Look at them, they are impossible! For instance, you plan to lead your spies to a, well, I’m trying to be tasteful, you being God and all, a harlot in Jericho. Can we trust this Rahab to protect them and not sell them out to the king for a little money?
And here’s another example. You have this rural shepherd boy scheduled to save Israel at the time of its greatest peril. Sure he has heart and a great attitude, but he’s armed with a sling against that veteran fighter Goliath.”
“Well, the shepherd will have to trust me, won’t he?”
“Yes, but look here. You plan to send your son down there amongst all those thugs and sinners, and you plan to surround him with a team composed of, let’s see here, smelly fishermen, a former IRS employee, and some guerilla fighters!”
“Yes, but even headstrong people can change, if they will let me do the changing.”
“And I notice that when your son does arrive, instead of an announcement on Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ you plan on having an audience of shepherds and some foreign astronomers. Won’t you even consider an interview with Larry King and a release to the press? Or what about a Super Bowl commercial?”
“That’s OK, the word will get out. The shepherds will talk to their friends, you know.”
“But why do you insist on choosing the poor and the unknown to do your work? How will everyone know that you are at work in your world?”
“My son, they will know because they will see what extraordinary things I can do with such ordinary people.”

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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