Behold, I Am Here, Lord
In his book The Call, Os Guinness tells the story of Dr. Arthur Burns, the former chair of the Federal Reserve Board. Although he was Jewish, Dr. Burns agreed to join a White House Bible Study. But since he was Jewish, the other members of the study were afraid to ask him to pray at the end of their time together.
One day, they had a guest leader, who didn't know about this unwritten rule and asked Dr. Burns to pray. To everyone's surprise, he stood up, and began to pray, "O God, may the day come when all Muslims will come to know Jesus, and when all Jews will come to know Jesus, and when all Christians will come to know Jesus.
Not know about Him but know Him in an personal way.
During the Second World War, a church in Strasbourg was destroyed. After the bombing, the members of this particular church went to see what was left and found that the entire roof had fallen in, leaving a heap of rubble and broken glass.
Much to their surprise, however, a statue of Christ with outstretched hands that had been carved centuries before by a great artist was still standing erect. It was virtually unharmed except that both hands had been sheered off by a falling beam.
The people hurried to a sculptor in town and asked if he could replace the hands of the statue. He was willing, and he even offered to do it for nothing. The church officials met to consider the sculptor's proposition -- and decided not to accept his offer.
Why? Because they felt that the statue without hands would be the greatest illustration possible that God's work is done through His people.
Have you ever thought of yourself this way? Have you ever thought of yourself as the hands of Jesus? Jesus Christ chooses to do His work through human hands. Sometimes they seem to be the most infirm hands, the least potentially successful hands, or the least qualified hands -- but those are the hands He uses.
Again, if he can use Ana ...
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