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SUNDAY TONIC: TO BE CHOSEN BY GOD: YOU TOO CAN BE USED

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It is very remarkable that God uses people whom human beings consider useless; and may decide to use people considered sinners like Rahab the harlot, working in the red-light district of Jericho and was used to win the battle of Jericho; Jephthah, who was born to an unwed mother and who was used to deliver Israel; and several others who were raised from obscurity to prominence; Moses a murderer, and Jacob the cheat. God calls His people for reasons best known to Him and anoints them to be carriers of His grace. When God calls a person, it is such a great privilege! However, with every privilege goes a great responsibility! According to Rev. Wale Babatunde, the call demands great humility! When God elects or appoints a person to carry out a special assignment, it is not because he or she is intrinsically better than those that are called to serve! For example, when God called Israel into a special covenant relationship to be a kingdom of priests, (Exodus 19:6) He was quick to warn them that He did this not because they were better than other nations. In fact, God said they were the least among the nations! This was meant to deflate any inflated ego they might have Therefore, God does not use the qualified who would compete for Him with His glory. Instead, He uses the ridiculous to do the miraculous. Indeed, the move of the Creator is best reflected by the fact that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, the weak things to confound the things that are mighty, and the things which are despised and thought of as nothing, He has chosen to confound the wise. (Cor 1:27) Let us first examine what it means to be a Christian in order to be able to act responsibly in line with the dictates of God Who will never bend his rule concerning His requirements. Christianity drew its name from its founder, Jesus of Nazareth and the earliest adherents of Christianity were Jews from the region of Galilee, north of Jerusalem. Africa is reputed to be the worlds fastest growing continent in terms of Christian spiritual growth and Nigeria is inhabited by people constituting twenty percent of Africas population. Christian was first mentioned in Acts 11:26. Thus, a Christian is one who is Christ-like, who walks in the foot-steps of…

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