Since I start every speaking engagement introducing myself in the exact same way, I just cannot imagine why I have never mentioned it here, in this column. After all this time, you folks don´t have a clue as to who I am or why God uses me. So let me not keep you in the dark any longer. I am a NOBODY, that wants to tell EVERYBODY, about a SOMEBODY that can save ANYBODY.
When I asked God why He would use someone such as myself, He led me to the scripture that says, ´For you see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called´. "So, Donna" He explained, "You are not mighty, you are not noble, you are not wise after the flesh. You are the perfect candidate!"
Then, my very wise and Godly shepherd, Pastor Fred exhibited extraordinary prudence when he wrote the forward in my autobiography: "The mosaic of modern life is studded with superstars. These ´beautiful people´ glitter with media attention and the adulation and adoration of the masses. The dazzle of their glamour tends to blind many to the truth that ordinary people can have rich and exciting lives. Donna´s life gives eloquent testimony to the fact that one does not have to be a superstar to be chosen and used by God in a significant way. God seems to take delight in using and blessing ordinary people."
Actually, God has a bit of a problem with superstars. I´ll go to my sponsor to prove my point. Remember King Saul? He could have continued to be greatly used of God but instead he became egotistical and became preoccupied with pleasing his men. He not only blatantly disobeyed God´s instructions but then had the nerve to go out and erect a monument to himself. Meanwhile God was telling the prophet Samuel that He was sorry He had made Saul King. God lifted Saul´s anointing and rejected him as king over Israel . I´m certain though that God´s heart was broken.
Let’s look at the story of Naaman too, who was the commander-in-chief of the army of the King of Syria. He was a great war hero according to world standards. Something in the vein of General Swartzkopf. Unfortunately, he had leprosy. When told that he could receive a cure through a prophet of God in Samaria, he mounted his chariot, yesteryear´s version of the stealth fighter, and headed south with bags of silver and gold and a letter of recommendation from the king.
With much pomp & splendor he arrived at Elisha´s house, but before you know it, we see him stomping off in a rage. He was not accustomed to being humiliated and treated like a commoner. Elisha not only refused to accept his gifts, he sent his servant to tell him that if he wanted to be healed he would have to go and wash himself in the Jordan River seven times.
Naaman figured that he was worthy of something much more important and grandiose. He expected an audition with Elisha and probably a brass band, not to be told by a mere staff-member to go and take a bath in some dirty little river.
He would have kept his leprosy until his dying day had his own servant not persuaded him to give this a chance. He had everything to gain and nothing to lose, except obviously some pride.
Fortunately, Naaman humbled himself and went down to the Jordan and dipped himself seven times as Elisha instructed and his flesh became as healthy as a little child´s. He returned saying that he now knew that there was no God in all the earth except the God of Israel and he would worship Him alone forever more.
Except for Jesus, every biblical character was merely an ordinary nobody. Just ordinary people serving an extraordinary God. The secret ingredient was and is that God is larger than life in those who love and serve Him and those that make certain that God receives all the glory for anything that they accomplish.
If you are not being used of God and if you are not seeing the miracle working power of God in your life, you are just either too smart (after the flesh) or you are too important. You are breaking God´s heart. Get with the program so God can do something with you.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com