Summary: You are Loved by God in Christ. Knowing your position and stand in the Lord gives you a confidence that enables you to face all oppressive forces with divine strength. Pastor Sumeet shares this powerful revelations from the scripture to prove this.
Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "Why was this fragrant oil wasted?
5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they criticized her sharply.
6 But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.
7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.
8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.
9 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
The Woman with the Alabaster Vial did something unusual. She deserved Praise, instead, she was criticized sharply. She was divinely inspired by God to Anoint and prepare the Body of Jesus for burial. To everyone, what she did appeared insignificant but her work was significantly significant in the eyes of God.
Likewise, the wise men anointed Jesus at His birth. They were magicians of the east, pagans, that were scripturally not considered for a ministry of the High Priest. Being Pagan, they performed priestly duties of Anointing Jesus with Myrrh & Frankincense. Their work was significant to God.
The feeling of unworthiness is often the cause of many people who remain as under-performers. In the eyes of humans, we are sure to find unacceptance but God changes the rules. He lifts up the broken-hearted. God has divine purposes in the lives of ordinary lay persons. He is interested in transforming us for greater and divine purposes. Hallelujah!
Jesus said, Matthew 10:29 - two sparrows are sold for a cent but still not one falls to the ground apart from the Father.
My sons, Jacob and John, brought from the market two chicks to rear them up at home. A few days gone, one of the chick turned very sick. It appeared as dying, the situation is hopeless. Yet, we believed that the Father is aware of these. He is mindful about them. So then, how much more about us? Hallelujah!
We think we are insignificant but God checks on every detail that relates to us - "Indeed, the very hairs of our head are numbered. (Matthew 10:30)
The Lay Ministry is very vital in the extension of the 'Kingdom of God'. Some ministers do not believe in the Anointing of the unqualified. Yet, in their theology, they study at lengths about the "Fishermen" who followed Jesus. Very often, I myself am questioned about my Theological Background. I have none. But no one believes in the Ministry attested by Signs and Wonders but more on the degree that is on paper. How Sad!
As we read the Bible, we see great heros who were ignored by those around them but they were chosen by God:
Jesse, the Father of David did not consider his 8th, youngest son as 'Significant' to parade before the great prophet Samuel for selection of a King. Yet, God saw greatness in David even as a kid, he was anointed as King by Samuel.
1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here."
12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!"
After seeing the great wonders of God, in Egypt and the Power of God that led them through the wilderness, Israel saw themselves as Tiny before the descendants of the Nephlim (Giants). They complained to Moses, "We looked like Grasshoppers." That was how they pictured themselves in their heart.
Numbers 13:32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."
The Angel who met Gideon at the threshing floor had a peculiar method of greeting him - "O valiant warrior!" If it was me, I would certainly swell-up with confidence. Yet, the timid Gideon had many doubts about himself - "My family is the least of all in Mannaseh and I am the youngest in my Family (meaning 'Insignificant') (Judges 6:15)"