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 God Chooses "Zeroes"

[b]God chooses the weak and those
who realize that they are “Zeroes”[/b]

-Zac Poonen

In 1 Corinthians 3:5, Paul asks the question “What
then is Apollos and what is Paul?”. We would reply that
Paul was a mighty apostle of the Lord, who had raised
the dead, established many churches, and even
written Scripture. But he says of himself, “What is
Paul? A SERVANT”. That was his opinion of himself
until the end of his life. No wonder Paul never fell by the

The moment we begin to think of ourselves as
anything other than servants of others, we have begun
to backslide.

Paul says further, “I planted, Apollos watered”. Which of
the two is greater? The one who plants - who goes as
a pioneer to an unreached area and does a work for
God where nothing existed before? Or the one who
comes along later and waters the plant through the
teaching of God’s Word and encouragement, and
builds the believers into a Body? The answer is
“Neither”. Both are “nothing” - says Paul (v.7). Both are
zeroes. Only God - Who caused the plant to grow - is

Paul considered himself a zero until the end of his life.
And so God could use him till the end of his life. God
was everything to Paul.

The Lord needed a donkey once to speak to Balaam.
He needed a donkey at another time to ride into
Jerusalem. And He has need of donkeys even today for
His purposes. Who are we then? Just donkeys whom
the Lord has picked up, to speak through, or to ride on.

Wherever brothers are willing to be nothing so that God
might be everything there will never be any competition
among them as to who is considered to be the most
spiritual or the greatest etc.

Whenever a person tries to project himself as the
leader of a group, God will put him on the shelf. It is
true that every church must have leaders. But the
leader is someone whom God selects.

And if God gives another brother the grace to be
recognised by the others as their leader, we should be
quick to humble ourselves and accept that fact. If
however, we become jealous of his ministry, or covet
his position, we will become agents of Satan who
hinder the building of the Body of Christ in our locality.

God in His sovereignty knows who is the best person
to lead any church. And He doesn’t look for the clever
and the intelligent. He chooses those who are weak
and broken and those who realize that they are
zeroes. Have we realized that?


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