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Spiritual Dominoes - THE REST OF THE STORY

posted Apr 29, 2013, 4:25 PM by John Noel

Spiritual Dominoes



 Here’s a contemporary story about how God uses the Body of Christ - Like a line of dominoes, one touching and affecting the next in line – all over the world.  We never know what plans God has for us and how He will use us.  The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Body and, when we simply trust and obey, He does amazing things.


A powerful children’s ministry in Pompano Beach FL is the first domino.  They produce a number of materials and publish other materials from other folks.  They end up with some materials that they are no longer producing sitting in a warehouse.


Well, they have a board member up in Michigan.  He knows a guy who founded and operates a ministry that distributes Bibles, CD's, Christian Books, and other encouraging and evangelistic materials.  It started with supplying truck stop ministries. 


Well, then this fellow, just another member of the Body of Christ, let’s call him John, knows Herb.  Herb heard from Richard some months ago when he was looking for Bibles to distribute to truckers in a backwater place in northeast Texas.  So, Herb who is associated with a Bible publishing ministry puts John and Richard together because John can get the Bibles and other stuff to Richard using truck drivers in an informal network.  John and Herb are in Michigan.


So, John puts Rich and Richard together because Rich has got a trucking route that begins in Michigan, goes to a truck drivers ministry supplier in East MemphisAR, then goes to ArlingtonTX.  Well, Richard lives just south of his route to Arlington and he can pick up the stuff from Rich as he passes through Sulphur Springs,TX


So, Rich is just a lowly truck driver.  He’s only one domino in a long chain of dominoes.  He’s the one who got me to thinking about this whole thing.  So, stay with me here.  Rich has got no great international ministry. Neither does Richard.  He’s just a disabled, crippled up mental defective who God has chosen to use. 


Rich is a nice guy, loves the Lord, happy to be a domino.  He’s a great believer in the Lord Jesus and wants God to use him.  Even though Rich does not have a great international ministry, has never preached the Gospel to thousands, Jesus of Nazareth, the Word of God, wrote this about Rich in 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, “4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament …”


Those words “hath made … able” are one Greek word that means to enable, to qualify.  Just so you can understand the context.  It’s the verb form of the adjective in verse 5 that is translated “sufficient” and the noun in verse 5 translated “sufficiency”.  The word is used in only one other place in the New Testament – Colossians 1:12, where Paul said that “12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”  Just as God the Father “hath made us meet” to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, He “hath made us able” to be his ministers.  He qualified us and enabled us to become children of God and He also qualifies us and enables us to be ambassadors for Christ!!!!!


Rich never went to seminary.  He’s not world renowned evangelist. 

But without Rich, the rest of the story would never happen.

Rich is the rest of the story.


I want you to see how God has and is using Rich, an indispensable part of this story, to accomplish His work. Rich delivered a bunch of children’s material to Richard.  It came from John, who operates a nation wide ministry, who received it from the international children’s ministry.


Some of that material is now in Jose’s hands.  He’s the pastor of a Spanish church out in the country near to that backwater town in northeast Texas.  Jose has a powerful children’s ministry with the area’s Hispanic population.  Jose is about to become the recipient of much, much more material - videos, magazines, pamphlets, etc. to reach more children.


Jose has a friend, a brother in Christ, who has a mission into Mexico that also focuses on children’s ministries. He is about to start receiving materials from that big international children’s ministry as well.


And arrangements are being made right now to get even more of these materials to a missionary to Zambia inAfrica.  The missionary is a doctor.  Richard’s wife worked for her a few years ago.  Her name is Erin.  Erin and the group with whom she works, another international children’s ministry, go to an orphanage in Zambia. She’s seen the materials and is all kinds of excited about getting those materials to “her kids” there.


But there is one indispensable domino in all that chain.  Right there the line of dominoes would have failed to deliver these evangelistic, teaching, encouragement, and training materials into Mexico and Zambia if that domino had not been faithful to do what God has set him to do.  Rich. 


One day, Rich will stand at the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ, along with that unnamed usher at the Mordecai Ham evangelistic event (remember him?  he’s the one who turned Billy Graham back to take a seat?  Billy Graham would not have been saved that night without him.)  and he will hear Jesus say, “21 … Well done, thougood and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”  Rich, the ruler of many things!!!!  Rich, the lowly truck driver, who is considered to be among the last in this world’s status, will be among the first in that world’s status!!!!!  Who pays attention to a truck driver?  There’s something 6 million commercial truck drivers in the U.S. – he’s literally just one in 6 million, just another truck driver … except that he is a truck driver for Jesus!  The Lord Jesus qualified him for the ministry, made him, is making him an able minister for His service.


The question is Are you being faithful to what God has called you???  You might be the one domino that is missing.  When you stand at the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ, what do you want to hear?  Do you want to stand next to Rich and an unnamed usher and hear, “21 … Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”?


Well, be the light in the place where God has placed you.