I remember several months ago talking to one of the wonderful ladies at my church who helps with our children’s ministry about what curriculum we would use for our Vacation Bible School. I talked about how we would probably need to tweak whatever we use because in my limited experience with children’s curriculum, its rarely as gospel-centered as I would like it to be–she agreed and made a comment that I think is so true. She said “whatever curriculum we choose, we need to make sure that God is the hero and not man.” How true. And how sad that so often children’s ministry curriculum champions the feats of man over the faithfulness and power of almighty God!
God is and always will be THE hero. Everything we do in church should be a championing of Him–His righteousness, His power, His perfect love and justice. There are no men in the Bible or in the universe worthy of worship. The first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me,” means worship only God. The greatest commandment is to love Him with all our heart, soul, and strength (Deut. 6:4; Matthew 22:36-39).
How sad that so much of what goes on in churches has been reduced to moralism and praise of man for his faithfulness rather than praise of God for using such faithless people to accomplish such amazing things for His glory.
Take Moses for example. Moses is probably the most important and recognizable man in the Old Testament and before God called him, he was a rather worthless guy. What we know about Moses before God called him is that he had a very privileged upbringing, he was aware that he was a Hebrew and he never stood up to Pharaoh for the injustice being committed against the Israelites, he murdered an Egyptian, and he fled Egypt to save his own skin instead of staying to stand up for his Israelite brothers who were suffering.
Furthermore, when God speaks to Moses from the burning bush and calls him to lead Israel out of Egypt, Moses isn’t excited and ready to do great things for God! Even when God miraculously shows up in his life Moses is still a coward. He makes up excuses–“people won’t follow me” and “I am not a good public speaker!” And finally, after God continues to pursue Moses in the face of his excuses, Moses brashly tells God to “find someone else!”
This is the character of the man who God would use to lead Israel out of Egypt and establish Israel as a great nation and he is pretty much a bum.
Why does God choose such a man? Because no one is worthy. No one is good. No one is in peak condition to be used by God. God calls the weak, the feeble, and the sinful and begins to use them to do extraordinary things to prove that He is the Hero and no one else. When we are weak He is strong. You will never earn the right to be used mightily of God, but if you believe, if you trust Him, He will use you to display His glory and show that He alone is the hero!