Why are we concerned so little with the things of Christ? Do we make up excuses for not
answering the call because we are afraid of failure? If we try in our own strength and
ability, like Philip, surely we will fail. However, if God invites us to do a job and we
say, "Lord, it can't be done," he will pass us by and use someone else. We need
to expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.
"One of Jesus' disciples, Andrew, Simon
Peter's brother, remarked to him, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and
a couple of dried fish, but what good is that for so many?" (John 6:8-9)
Jesus knew the answer. He knew the job could be
done and how. Jesus took the loaves and fish and fed the multitude. Often we ask, what
difference can I make? What difference can my small contribution make to a ministry? What
difference does my presence make on Sunday morning? Jesus used a little boy's lunch to
accomplish a great miracle. How much more valuable are we to him than a couple fish and a
few loaves of bread?
Jesus called Philip, who is just like you and me,
and made him one of the Twelve in spite of his failures and mistakes. After the
Resurrection, where ever Philip is mentioned in the Bible, he is leading someone to Jesus.
When God sent an angel to tell him to head south
into the desert, he obeyed without question and started walking.When the Holy Spirit told
him to run after the carriage of the Ethiopian, he stepped out boldly. Philip explained
the scriptures, told the Ethiopian the good news of Jesus Christ, baptized him on the spot
and then, was immediately snatched up by the Holy Spirit and set down in another town!
Do you think your talents, your time, your money
don't mean much? With God, they mean a great deal. Someone once advised, "Be so
practical that you expect great things and attempt great things for Christ."
(Sam is Ilie Coroama's son. He has served as
project manager on the construction of both Casa de Copii in Dornesti and The Children's
Village in Bistrita. Sam and his Wife Mirela are currently living in the United States.)
Casa de Copii