john lennon (singer)… i believe there was a gift on his life. he was a person of influence.
che guavera (cuban revolutionary)… a gifted man, a person of influence.
saul of tarsus (pharisee)… a person of influence.
why mention these people?
i believe the light shines in the darkness. the darkness is not a lack of light! john says it… the light shines in the darkness.
darkness is a lack of perception. the darkness cannot comprehend it… cannot seize it.
but… people in darkness are still influenced by the light. they can’t see it or grasp it, but they are still under the influence of the light without knowing it.
i believe in every generation people are being raised up who have a gift on their life to influence nations.
have you ever noticed in the parable of the sower… that in each part of the story, the sower is the same, the seed is the same, but the soil is different.
saints… i believe we live in a time when the soil is more prepared than ever before in history. same sower, same kingdom seed, but the soil is ready!
but here’s the thing… years of religion have warped our senses.
we see a drug taking singer (john lennon) & we see a sinner, a bad influence. we don’t see the grace already on his life. we turn away instead of embracing. we condemn.
we see a militant revolutionary (che guavera) & see an evil person. we are blind to the grace of god… to the light that shines in the darkness.
we see a religious terrorist (saul)… same. but ananias got a download from god about sauls identity. this man IS my chosen instrument. not will be, not can be, not has potential, but this religious terrorist IS my chosen instrument to carry my name.
the sower is still sowing. the soil is ready. god continues to raise up apostles from the most unlikely soil.