Achilles, born of an immortal! Dipped into the river Styx as a baby, he became invulnerable. However, the heel of his right leg was not soaked by the magical water and that became a disadvantage. The weakness was exploited in the battle of Troy when an enemy shot at him with an arrow. The projectile pierced the vulnerable heel…..
Saint, born of God! Baptized into the blood of the lamb, comes out complete in Him Who is the Head of all principalities and powers. Yet besieged by human frailties and weaknesses on a worldly battle field to the dismay of the God whose genes he bears. Saint, bowed and bloodied by the trials of life, hangs his head, consumed by the thoughts of the thorns of his fleshly disadvantages….
However, a disadvantaged Saint is in good company….
PROTOTYPES OF DISADVANTAGED SAINTS…
Sarah: 90yr old infertile woman with physiologically packed up ovaries, delivered a male child of promise with a 100yr old man in a time devoid of fertility clinics.
JACOB: Broke fugitive, fleeced employee who became a very prosperous entrepreneur and employer of labour.
JOSEPH: Rejected by siblings, slave, accused felon, jailbird, distinguished prime minister of Egypt.
RUTH: Widowed, penniless immigrant. In a land filled with eligible Jewish virgins, she got married ahead of them to Boaz, a wealthy farmer and became the grandmother of Jesus.
HEBREWS AT THE RED SEA: Slaves outclassed and outnumbered by the world’s elitist army borne on specialized chariots of war. Pharaoh’s best were equipped to the nines, yet without weapons the rag tag mob of freed labourers defeated the greatest super power of its day.
ESTHER: Unsophisticated Jewish girl forced into a beauty pageant in which the deck was stacked against her. In a court booby trapped with the complexities of political intrigue, she triumphed and went on to save a whole nation.
DAVID: Shepherd boy who spent most of his life in the wilderness. Unschooled in the niceties of a royal court, he became king of Israel. Not having the requisite weapons of war, defeated a battle hardened, fortified mountain of a soldier, Goliath. Confronted by his ransacked homestead and kidnapped family, his emotions caved in. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps and went after the kidnappers. Overcoming the limitations of being behind, caught up and annihilated his enemies. He recovered all and beyond.
A PROPHET’S WIDOW: Indigent widow, hocked up to her eyeballs in so much debt that her sons were about to be enslaved. Nothing in her home save a little jar of oil yet she became an oil merchant trading in tankers of the precious liquid.
ELISHA: Surrounded by hordes of a great army, he was still confident that they that were with him were more than his enemies. He came out on top.
ELIJAH: Left behind by the presidential sleek chariot of Ahab, the prophet ought to have eaten the dust thrown off by the King’s vehicle. Instead, the hand of the Lord came upon the prophet and he outran the best and the fastest horses in the land. Ahab ate dust instead.
LAZARUS: Infirmed, deceased, putrefied, after four days rose up to beat death. The Jewish daily that carried his obituary announced his resurrection.
PETER: Fisherman, Ignorant and Illiterate. Transformed into a speaker so powerful he converted thousands. With the taser of his eloquence, he stunned the Sanhedrin into seizures of amazement.
BATTLE OF TROY
Achilles looked in horror at the arrow that impaled his right heel. It had pierced through an artery. The poison on the tip flowed to his heart. Disbelievingly, he wondered “where was Zeus?” With short gasps, he cried his last and fell down dead. The hush that silenced the battle field at his fall was noisy.
BATTLE OF LIFE
Saint, looked at the arrow that pierced his side in surprise. How could the God that loves him have allowed this? He pulled it out and instead of turning his back on his King; he laid the source of his pain on his King’s altar (he carried the altar everywhere with him). He assumed a position of worship and praised like never before with lips that were going pale with loss of blood. As he worshiped, a river that gurgled with life flowed from the altar and bathed his wounds. A perfumed cloud with a fragrance so graceful saturated him. He got stronger and stronger until he became whole. Saint turned back to battle and emerged triumphant. From his tent emerged thunderous shouts of joy and victory.
In the stories of gods and men, the only person that always has victory, heads or tails, is a Saint. A SAINT IS NEVER DISADVANTAGED. In his weakness, the strength of God shows up like it did for the prototypes above. He revels in his weaknesses and pain because the favour, grace, anointing and power of God shows up in his vulnerability. The Father makes all things work out for his good. Out of the manure of his issues, his seed of affliction blooms into a breathtaking flower of testimonial miracles. However, the Saint needs to have undying faith to live. The only disadvantaged person is someone without God. THE ONLY DISADVANTAGED SAINT IS ONE WITHOUT REVELATION.
2 Corinthians 12: 7-10…And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.