2 Corinthians 4:7: “That the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

I read a story once about John Wesley that has always stuck with me and one on which I often reflect.  During those days, lay preachers with limited education would often lead the church services.  One such man used Luke 19:21 as his text:” Lord, I feared Thee, because thou art an austere man.” (KJV) He did not know what the word “austere” meant. He used it as the word “oyster.”

He explained how a diver must endure freezing water to retrieve the oyster. Often he might cut his hands on the sharp shells in the process.  But in his success, he rises to the surface, with bleeding, torn hands, clutching his prize.  The lay preacher added, “Christ descended from the glory of heaven into sinful human society in order to retrieve us sinners and bring us back up to the glory of heaven with him.  His nail torn and bleeding hands are a sign of the value he has placed on us, the object of his journey. “

Afterward, 12 men received Christ.  Later on that night, someone came to Wesley to complain about the unschooled lay leader and his ignorance of the word “austere.”  The well-educated Wesley said simply, “Never mind. The Lord got a dozen oysters tonight.” 

Our very best efforts may not always measure up to the standards of this world, but God takes them and uses them for his glory.

     The Master can use what you have to offer,

     though you may consider it small;

     His work here on earth is done through his children,

     So give him your best, your all.  -Hess

Lord help us to do what we can with what we have to glorify your holy name. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Jana Jackson