Minister to the masses, but only be joined to the remnant. “…there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice” (Romans 11:5 NASB).
The remnant is that small and strange group of believers that do not fit into mainstream Christianity. They do not march in the formations of traditions and popularity conjured up by the worldly ones. To be in the remnant requires that you do not fit in with the crowd.
Many are called, few will listen, and only the remnant will respond. Be the remnant. Dare to believe He can use you, and then He will. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29 NKJV).
The remnant lives by the Word of God over the word of man. They are like the Bereans who make sure what man says lines up with what God has already written. They do not take at face value the opinions of man and instead make sure they hold fast to the truths of God.
While many argue that there is no longer spiritual power for the believers of our day, the remnant yet walks in this power. Jesus said, “…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” (Acts 1:8 NKJV).
The remnant is more interested in living a doctrine than arguing a doctrine. They understand that God will measure them by what they have done and not by what they know. They do not get distracted by the divisions in the church but instead seek to live a life as the church.
God is more interested that you live a doctrine than you are able to argue it. “Stay away from foolish and stupid arguments. You know that these arguments grow into bigger arguments. As a servant of the Lord, you must not argue. You must be kind to everyone. You must be a good teacher, and you must be patient” (2 Timothy 2:23-24 ERV).
The remnant is not the ones who are the most righteous but who are the most forgiven. They do not pretend to be great before men but bow down in their weakness before God. They see themselves more clearly because they plead with the Lord to show them because He alone can show us our true selves.
The most righteous person is not the one who has sinned the least but the one who has been forgiven the most. Jesus told the story, “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men’… And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man [the sinner] went down to his house justified rather than the other…” (Luke 18:11,13-15 NKJV).
Those in the remnant are not the strongest but the weakest, and that is why God can work in them. They do not stand tall but fall down at the feet of the Lord Jesus, who can fill them. They are not full of themselves but emptied out and then filled with the Holy Spirit.
God chooses the foolish and the weak because they rely on His wisdom and strength. “But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty]” (1 Corinthians 1:27 AMP).
In the remnant, they may not have a high position noticed by men, but they have a lowly position that pleases God. They may not get many likes on social sites, but they are noticed in the courts of heaven. The lowest seat on earth is often the highest place you can be in heaven.
The work of a great saint is not in what is seen but in the roots grown in the dark places with God. “And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah Shall again take root downward, And bear fruit upward” (Isaiah 37:31 NKJV).
The remnant may not be the smartest by the standards of men but is considered wise by the measure of God. They seek to learn more, but only that they may be more in the will of God. Their knowledge is not used to lift them over others but to lead them in how they can please the Lord.
Just because you’re smart doesn’t mean you’re right. “Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, ‘He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.’” (1 Corinthians 3:18-19 NLT).
The remnant is not an elite club for the few but a humble group that few are willing to belong to. To be in the remnant, there is not a class or college you must go to but a humble surrender you must bow to. To belong to the remnant means that you must belong to God.
If you cannot find the remnant, be the remnant. The reason you do not fit in may be that you do not belong. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20 NKJV).
There is a choice that we each must make that we would be in the remnant. The remnant is as much a place as it is a people. To get to the place, you must leave where you are and vow that you will never return. It is a place of sacrifice, and the sacrifice is yourself.
There’s a whole new life for you when once you’ve given it to God. “Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him” (Romans 12:1-2 CEV).
Blessings to you,