I love the strange stories and crazy people that God uses in the Bible. As I mentioned Sunday, Elisha apparently was a quick-tempered, bald-headed, old dude that wasn’t really a “kid person,” but God was able to see through that and use him anyway. (2 Kings 2)
I love that about Jesus; he’s so patient with me and my shortcomings. As a matter of fact, Paul says he actually seems to prefer to use people like Elisha, Peter, and even myself. That way, the only person that can boast is Christ.
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29, NLT)
As I was contemplating the life of Elisha this past week, I was reminded of another bald-headed, quick-tempered, old dude that God has used mightily! His name is Michael Perkins and I want to boast about “Christ in him.”
Michael is not your typical missionary. Actually, he was your typical “anything-but-a-missionary” when the Lord grabbed ahold of him several years ago.
Since surrendering his life to the Lord, he and his family now live in Managua, Nicaragua, where they are actively involved in hands-on ministry. They have been a part of radically transforming lives, families, and churches (Nicaraguan and American alike).
Because of Michael, Lisa, and the rest of the Perkins family, the Lovelady family will never look the same. In their obedience and their commitment to their calling, God used them to give me two of my sons. I will forever be grateful to Michael for being such an instrumental part of completing my family and for showing me what God can do with a life that is surrendered.
So to my bald-headed, quick-tempered, old friend, I say thank you! Thank you for allowing Christ to be huge in you. Thank you for being obedient to the call that Jesus put on your life. Thank you for aiding in giving me my sons, Elijah and Roger. Thanks for being my friend!
If you’re interested in the work Michael and Lisa Perkins are doing in Nicaragua, check them out at here and consider giving to the work they are doing in Nicaragua for the Kingdom.