I’m not paying a lot of attention to the Pope’s visit to the United States. I have nothing against the Pope, I just have my own life and don’t have time to get wrapped up in his. He’s a man. Granted a man who leads millions of people, but a man nonetheless. The Catholic Church believes that the pope is infallible, which is defined as “incapable of making mistakes or being wrong.” I don’t believe that. He’s a man. If they would allow the Pope to get married, he would have at least one person in the world who would tell him he wasn’t infallible.
One of the greatest prophets of the Bible was Elijah. When Jesus began His ministry, some people thought He was Elijah who had returned. During Elijah’s life, he had an amazing victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel when he called down fire. This came after he kept it from raining for 3 1/2 years though his prayer. He was one of two people in the Bible who didn’t die (Enoch was the other). 2 Kings 2:11 tells us he was taken up in a whirlwind.
Yet James 5:17 tells us that Elijah was a human being just like us. This man of God, who did all the miracles he did, was just a man. It’s a great reminder to all of us that God can take average people (after all, there are no other kind), and do amazing things with them. It wasn’t really Elijah who did the miracles, it was God through Elijah. The most common ways God works in our world is through people.
I pray the Pope has a fruitful trip and draws attention to the Good News of Jesus. But if Elijah was a man just like us, so is the Pope. Yet, the purpose of today’s blog is not to bring down the Pope. The blessing in this is that you and I serve the same God as Elijah and the Pope. And just as God used and uses them, respectively, He can and will also use you and me in ways beyond our own abilities if we only allow Him. And it’s not because we’re so awesome or perfect, but because God is so awesome and perfect.