Joash was a tall, stocky Kenyan man with a booming African accent. He had come to study theology as I began my second year in Bible College.
I was tending to business one day in one of the dormitory bathroom stalls when I…. well, let’s just say I made an embarrassing noise! (Hey, we’ve all been there, right?) There was a slight pause, and then from the stall beside me I heard that deep booming Kenyan drawl, “It’s all right John,” he began slowly…. then added with emphasis, “…even the Prime Minister does it.”
Well I cracked up, Joash chuckled, and I think we both made s few more noises.
Some minutes later after regaining my composure and completing my task I reflected on the truth in Joash’s comical, dry retort. Yes indeed, at certain points we are all really very similar creatures, aren’t we? As an old saying goes, “We all put our pants on one leg at a time.” We all hunger, thirst, love and cry. We all laugh, grow tired, seek approval and need friends. You, me, he, she – even the Prime Minister. Human animals every one of us, all created ultimately… equally… by God, loved of Him, and potential vessels for His purposes.
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are,” James wrote. “He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:17, 18).
Imagine that! Elijah was just like you… just like me… like any person at all. The only thing that made anything of note about him was “he prayed earnestly.”
When The Lyconians saw God work miracles by the hands of Barnabas and Paul they mistook them for gods, but what was Paul’s retort? “Why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you.” (Acts 14:15). Again, on Malta, when Paul suffered no ill from a venomous snake bite the locals determined he must be a god (Acts 28: 1-6), but he was not. He was as we are today, a mortal human…. yet one daring to believe and act.
What action is God asking you to take for Him today?