Every couple of years I send this one out:
When God called me to serve Him, my first response was, “Terry? Terry who??”
There are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you and me. But, don’t worry …
We’re in good company:
David’s armor didn’t fit.
John Mark was rejected by Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich … Jesus was too poor.
Abraham was too old … David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death … Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer … So was Moses.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Mary was lazy.
Samson had long hair.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul–well, lots of folks did.
God doesn’t require a job interview. He doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses, because He’s more our Heavenly Father than our Boss.
He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.
As much as we try, God’s gifts are free. We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be … Wonderful.
Satan says, “You’re not worthy.”
Jesus says, “So what? I AM.”
Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.
God looks back and sees the cross.
He doesn’t calculate what you did in ’02. It’s not even on the record.
Sure. There are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t have called us. But, if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like.
I pray that as Christians, we will step out of our limitations into the illimitable nature of who God is. Then our passion for God and our passion to communicate Him will make mince-meat of our limitations!
But, He said to me, ”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Be strong and take courage, do not fear or be dismayed. For the Lord your God will go with you & His light will show the way. Regrets of yesterday & the fear of tomorrow are twin thieves that rob you of today.