terça-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2012

Will because this is a chosen vessel to me ...

Who does not know that velhoditado popular: "Pau is born dies bent and twisted to doubt until the ash is crooked." Usually people do not believe in changing his neighbor. And not to believe, generalize, trivialize, discrimination, prejudice creates ... The prevailing mentality is this: "Pau is born dies bent and twisted to doubt until the ash is crooked."
In the human concept, there is no one perfect. Science, medicine, religions around the world have not yet found a formula that makes him to perfect the human person.
The wise Solomon said, "That which is crooked can not be made straight, and what remains can not be numbered" (Ec 1:15).
Thankfully, God does not think like humans. If God thought as the man I would not have this unique opportunity to write about this subject. But I will not write about me. There are other characters best known and most important, worthy of being highlighted because of the greatness of the miracle of God. Among the many beautiful stories of transformation, let me introduce you to the transformation of Saul of Tarsus, described in Acts chapter 9. If not the greatest, but one of the greatest examples of change recorded in the Bible. In fact the story begins in Acts, ch. 7, verse 58. "... and threw him out of the city and stoned him.
And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. "
Saul of Tarsus as he was known, was extremely religious, maybe today would be called a fanatic person, because as a Jew, became a Pharisee and of course a defender of his religion as to exterminate those who oppose it. So much to see that Christianity is expanding with the flight of Christians in Damascus, Syria, he traveled 240 kms to find them and bring them back to Jerusalem. Saul was in Jerusalem and witness the murder of Stephen the first martyr of Christianity (Acts 6-7). And as an excellent student teacher Gamaliel, well known and understood the Bible that Christianity was not only a threat to Judaism, but an affront to the law of Moses. The Pharisee Saul believed that the Christian movement was a threat to Judaism. So the Christian faith hated and persecuted Christians without mercy.
He got permission to travel to Damascus to arrest Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem.
A fanatic, cruel, persecuting, the road to Damascus is with Jesus. The impact of the presence of Jesus shines upon the eyes of Saul and the same went blind. "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" To the question of Jesus, Saul asks, "Who are you Lord?". And Jesus answers: "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the shackles. "
The tough, the impossible, stalker, fanatic, breaks down and terrified, crying, "Lord what you want me to do?"
This is how Jesus deals with the imperfect.
It manifests itself, makes the man and then powder indicates the path to perfection - A genuine conversion, radical change of character.
Because Jesus did not pick up the whip and did not kill Saul and his partners? "The kindness of the Lord never ends, his compassions fail not, they are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul, so I hope in him. "And:" Although someone grieves, yet he will have compassion according to the greatness of his mercy. "Lamentations of Jeremiah 3:22,23 and 32.
In Genesis 2:7, the Bible says that God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils on the spirit and became a living soul. The man keeps dust. "It came from dust to dust return." So says the Bible. But God does not treat him like dust.
God is the image and likeness of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In particular the story of Saul, Jesus treats him as "chosen vessel." The Lord uses here a very particular language of the Jews. For according to Jewish culture, the children should be born as soon as born circumcised because "Nazarites", ie, chosen of God from the womb. And Jesus did not see as a fanatic and persecutor Saul, He see as a chosen vessel. So he goes to Ananias in a dream and ordered that it go to meet Saul and pray with him, in the story, Jesus tells Ananias that Saul is waiting. Jesus implies that both knew each other, are two distinct personalities and well known. Saul, the persecutor of Christians and Ananias, a Christian who until then had not understood his mission to evangelize. Ananias shows human vision in relation to the miracle of transformation. "That man? Lord, I heard from many about this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem ... "It does not matter," Will this because to me a chosen vessel to bear my name to the Gentiles ... "The argument of Ananias religiously seemed bright. "This young man has no way, pursues us, is against our religion. So what? This guy is an addict, he's always getting into trouble, so what? It is better not to pray for him, much less take him to church. What will people think of our community? For God to every human being is a chosen vessel. And when God decides to act, no matter the condition and the conditions of a person's life. What science does, Jesus does. What medicine does not work, Jesus operates. What religion does not change, Jesus turns. No matter how dangerous the person is or is. "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, and some, indeed, for honor, but others for dishonor." II Timothy 2:20.
God breathes his Spirit who and where he wants to use. If today you know the person who discriminates, curse is cause for shame, for shame, tomorrow Jesus can transform it and make it a vessel of honor. Satan destroys the beauty of God in man, becomes the slave of his own "ego". But Jesus has the power to restore and make it perfect. According to human view, every man is seen as crooked stick that is born and dies crooked doubt until the ash is roasting. But for God the worst person in the world is a chosen vessel of God. Only needs to be cast as in its original state. His son, her daughter, her husband, his wife is a chosen vessel of God. That person has no value to you, is dust. God makes a special vase. Believe it!

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