We’re Old… (The Christmas Series)

Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”

Luke 1:18-20 New Living Translation

Zechariah had a hard time believing what the angel told him. You can imagine how difficult it would be if you were in Zechariah’s shoes. He and his wife were well beyond childbearing years. Sure, God had done a miracle before for Abraham and Sarah. That was different, though. Right? It may have been difficult for Zacheriah to see himself as part of God’s mission in the same way as Abraham was. So, he expressed his doubt. He made sure the angel knew why this plan wouldn’t work.

The angel responded by taking Zachariah’s ability to speak away until his son, John, would be born. This action could be seen as a punishment. At the same time, though, God was giving Zachariah a clear reminder that He was at work here and bringing a miracle for a special purpose. It gave Zachariah the assurance that He was going to do a miracle for him and Elizabeth. That miracle would also have an important place in God’s plan to reconcile humanity to Himself. Every time Zachariah opened his mouth to speak, he would be reminded of what God was doing until the day it was fulfilled.

Sometimes, we may find it difficult to believe that God can use us in His plan of reconciliation with humanity. We may look back to the ways he has worked in the past and see those people as different, more special. We know our own shortcomings and liabilities. It’s can be hard to believe that God could actually us people like us for His plan. God often chooses the most unlikely circumstances to fulfill His mission, though.

God help us to trust that You can use unlikely people like us for your purposes.

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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