“The Prophet & the Pizza Boy”

Speaking from a personal point of view, I truly have no idea, if I were God, I would not have chosen me. Knowing what I know about myself and the sin of all my failures.

 I have consistently displayed lack of faith in Him, so many times I have been in utter rebellion and walked in selfishness and many times I must confess to being a “Bi-Polar Christian.”

I am sure that others have observed my life and I have been found wanting! Still others have seen my zeal as being self-righteous and surely I have damaged the cause of Christ!

 King David said it well when he wrote Psalms 51:1-3 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness, according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me

Personally, I am just an ordinary guy who serves an Extraordinary God! The entire Bible speaks of many, what we view today, as great men and women of faith and they serve as awesome examples to us because we see the righteousness of God in their lives.

 

Both in Acts 14:15 and James 5:17, these great men, the apostles and Elijah admitted that they men of like passions, (common men) who were serving the Lord!

 When Jesus spoke to the multitudes, he spoke in parables or in dark sayings. Meaning that while he spoke about something in the natural, it would apply to the spiritual realm and this confounded many.

 This is an analogy that is fitting for most if not all of God’s prophets.

There was this skinny, acned faced kid in high school who drove an old beat up VW and his after school job was to deliver pizza. Every night this young man made his appointed rounds and made a few tips along the way. But one evening while on his designated deliveries he was sent to a well to do neighborhood with his precious cargo.

 He rings the doorbell several times and after about 5 minutes the Butler finally answers the door and gives a despising look at the gangly, inarticulate pizza boy and abruptly tells the young man that no one at this residence had ordered a pizza and to please go away!

 But the resourcefulness of the young man told him, “go to the back door” where possibly there is a servant’s entrance, and he might find a more accepting person in which to complete his transaction which he did.

 Little known to the belligerent butler that the master of the house had wanted to spend time with his 6 year old son and had planned a night of pizza and movies and fun. And it was he who had called for the pizza.

 When he discovered a few minutes later that the Butler had chased away the lad and their dinner he was not pleased. But when the father had gone into the kitchen to see if one of the cooks could make a pizza for them and he found the pizza on the kitchen counter. Apparently, one of the kitchen staff had paid the boy and there was the delicious pizza sitting there waiting for them.

The moral of the story is….
“Do not despise the messenger for he brings a delicious word from the G-d of heaven.”

For all intensive purposes, we prophets are nothing more than a group of pizza boys just delivering what the Master of the house ordered. We come in all shapes and sizes, we are men and women of all ages, some will have graybeards and some will come with jeans and earrings.

Jesus said that “a prophet is a prophet except for in his own house”.

The reason why the Saints miss out on the blessings of God is that they look to the natural side of the prophet and all they see is his natural side, his flesh. The statement: “familiarity breeds contempt” is applicable.

 The people of Jesus’ town knew Him and could not comprehend His teachings. They, because of being “familiar” with Him looked only at the young boy who grew up among them. They could not see the “Anointing” that rested upon Him. In the end, we see that Jesus could not do miracles in His home town because of the Un-belief.

 And the disciples came and said to Jesus, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”

And He answered and said to them, “because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but to them it has not been given.

 “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have even what he has will be taken away from him.

 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” Matt 13:10-13

God is willing to offend our minds to reveal our hearts!

 

Steve Grable
http://jeremiah111.org/