Most people know the story of the Trojan Horse. The long battle between Greece and the city of Troy that ended when Greece appeared to have abandoned the war and left the gift of a huge wooden horse. Unknown to the Trojans, the “gift” was filled withe soldiers who, in the middle of the night, came out and destroyed the city. It is a story of trickery, heroes, love, death.
As I came to work for the church and periodically since then, I saw myself as that horse. What were they thinking to let someone with so much evil inside him into the building, near women and children, unsuspecting old ladies? I hear the accuser, see him laughing and pointing. I catch myself dwelling on the stories of others who have served and damaged so much with their lies and hidden sins.
It’s all true.
But my God! My God! He is The Redeemer! He is the Healer! He is the Mighty God! The King of Kings!
And in His will and with His power, I am a Trojan Horse!
No one would suspect a chubby, old man. No one would think that a washed up, foolish, grandpa janitor would carry the life and love of Jesus Christ. No one would think that someone like me can have the Holy Spirit of the Living God flowing through his veins and bringing Him to those that need Him so much!
But I do.
And in that way, we are all Trojan Horses. Paul said, “we carry this treasure in earthen vessels.” As we carry the life and love of Jesus into this broken, hurting world, we are broken and hurting.
But we are being healed.
Satan is counting on our human nature to fail, to hurt others, to be selfish and hateful. God is counting on us to let Him live in us and through us, to love and heal, to restore and bring hope.
And today, I get to choose. You get to choose. What will you carry inside you? Who will you carry into your world?
And let the enemy of God Almighty beware!