Manifesting our ministries through trials

God’s expected end for his people is that they may be the mediums through whom the whole world may be blessed. This is the promise He gave to Abraham in Genesis 22:18. Through the empowering of the Spirit, our natural gifts are amplified and focused, equipping us to do good works. We become agents of healing upon this world.

Many times I have felt that I am not up to this. Who am I and how can God possibly use me? But consider this scripture:

(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, even God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were. Romans 4:17 American Standard Version

While I may not feel worthy to be a minister of God, He knows otherwise because He created me to do good works.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

What we really are is not always obvious to us or to others. God works in us to bring out those innate talents and qualities which He will then use in His service.

One quality God finds most valuable in a man or woman is humility. God honors the humble man or woman by using him or her. Consider the example of Moses.

Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3

Was Moses always a meek and humble man? He was raised from infancy in Pharaoh’s household as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He had access to a prince’s education and training. Apparently, Moses may have viewed himself as a leader or deliver of the Hebrews people. That might explain why he killed the Egyptian who was beating the Hebrew slave.

Moses underwent a personality metamorphosis during the 40 years in Midian working as a shepherd for his stepfather, Jethro. He went from being a proud prince of Egypt to a humble shepherd that God could finally use to deliver His people. This is the way God seems to work.

Consider another man, Saul of Taursus. Here is part of what he had to say about himself:

13 For ye have heard of my manner of life in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and made havoc of it: 14 and I advanced in the Jews’ religion beyond many of mine own age among my countrymen, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. Galatians 1:13,14

If a Rabbi ever had credentials, Paul had them. Educated under Gamaliel. A Roman citizen by birth. So convinced that he knew the will of God, he sought to jail and even kill all those who called on the name of Jesus.

But though an Apostle, full of the Holy Spirit and Power, Paul was an extremely humble man. How was Paul’s true personality brought out by God?

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. James 4:6

Paul spent some fourteen years in the desert where he was humbled and taught by the Lord. Later, Paul tells the Galatian church about the “thorn in the flesh” a messenger of Satan , a tormentor sent to him by God.

6 For if I should desire to glory, I shall not be foolish; for I shall speak the truth: but I forbear, lest any man should account of me above that which he seeth me to be , or heareth from me. 7 And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch. 8 Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:6-10.

Paul didn’t become a humble man: He always was a humble man. Humility was part of his true personality formed by God at the moment of Paul’s conception. God called Paul to be an Apostle or an emissary of Jesus. God removed a life time of dross and corrosion of the spirit that Paul had acquired throughout his life. Once the tarnish and corruption was removed, the real Paul shone through.

So it was with Moses: so it is with us. This is the reason God allows us to go through trials, tribulations, and suffering. This purging process is not at all pleasant as we are undergo it, but it is the tool God uses to perfect us and manifest the true man or woman we are.