Chosen

by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:25-26 [1]) 

I remember questioning God about a certain nationally known TV ministry. It seemed to me that they were way off the spiritual path and had gotten into some excesses that personally bothered me. Yet as far off that spiritual path as they seemed they were still growing and impacting lives around the world. I was puzzled about this. So I asked God, “Lord, why are you using these people? It seems to me that they’re more interested in putting on a “showbiz” front than they are in reaching souls. Lord, is it just me? Am I the one who’s off base? Am I just being hypercritical? I’ve talked with several wise men and women of God about this and they feel the same. I don’t understand.”

After posing this question the Lord immediately spoke to me. He reminded me of the words of Jesus in John chapter three. Allow me to paraphrase verse 8, “Like the wind, The Holy Spirit blows wherever he wants.” Jamie Buckingham used to say, “God is God and he’ll do what he bloody well pleases.” Simply put, our understanding of spiritual matters is, at best, finite. We can’t contain the Holy Spirit any more than we can contain the wind. RejectedThe Spirit blows where he wants!

Indeed, he blows where he wants and on whom he wants. Take the woman at the well for example. The twelve Apostles were driven by personal prejudices against Israel’s neighbors the Samaritans. It had caused them to draw some pretty damning conclusions as to where they thought the Holy Spirit would not blow. They concluded that God had completely rejected them. “Surely, the Spirit would not blow on someone in Samaria!” they reasoned. They wanted nothing to do with Samaria and they were certain that God felt the same.  “After all… WE are ‘the chosen’ and naturally God works ONLY through us. It’s that simple.”

However, Jesus wasn’t moved by the prejudices of people. He was moved by the Holy Spirit. He went where the Spirit was blowing. On this particular day the Holy Spirit was blowing on a lonely, broken-hearted, ostracized multiple divorcée. Imagine that; The Spirit of God was blowing on someone who had given up on marriage after five tries and was now shacking up with a man who wasn’t her husband.

Consider this as well; Of all the people that Jesus had spoken to up to that point in his ministry, of all the religious leaders who had demanded of him, “Tell us plainly, are you the Christ?”[2] To whom did Jesus choose, in no uncertain terms, to reveal himself? He chose a lonely Samaritan woman— an outcast among a nation of outcasts. To this nameless woman Jesus revealed that he was the Christ. No, Jesus didn’t choose the religious leaders. He didn’t even choose a Jew. He chose a fallen woman, a societal reject! He chose the one on whom the Spirit was blowing.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways  and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)

One of the things I’ve learned over the years about our wonderful Lord is that he almost never does things the way we do. God, the Holy Spirit, almost never blows where we think he should or blow on whom we think he should. God is the original “Free Spirit.” He almost always chooses the outcasts— the rejects. He chooses those snubbed by the world and, sadly, by the church as well. It’s the “losers”, the “washouts” whom The Spirit seeks and for that I am most glad. There’s a bunch of us rejects standing by, waiting… waiting for “the wind” to blow.

We do a pretty good job of throwing sticks and stones                                                                   But everyone’s got a closet full of skeleton bones                                                                             No need to tear each other down                                                                                                      ‘Cause we’re all standing here on common ground

If we could love one another                                                                                                                     We could bring Heaven down out of the sky                                                                                           If we could love one another                                                                                                                     We could bring hate to its knees tonight                                                                                  Wouldn’t every future be bright?                                                                                                              If we could love one another                                                                                                                  Love one another right [3]

[1] Unless otherwise indicated, Holy Bible, all scripture quotes are taken from The New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

[2] John 10:24

[3] Love One Another Right by Clay Crosse, from his album, Stained Glass.

 

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