Recently I've been reading a pre-release copy of Pastor Judah Smith's book "Jesus is____."  It's phenomenal!  It's all about Jesus, which is my favorite thing to talk about.  Life is all about Jesus.  And when we know who we are in Jesus our lives are transformed by His infinite grace and we find ourselves living the expansive life that God intended for us.  (I think that I just used the word life a lot!)

So, yesterday I'm reading the pdf of the book on my phone (the type was so cute and tiny!) and had one of those "A-ha!" moments.  So here it is...

We humanoids try to qualify or conversely disqualify ourselves and each other from receiving the grace and goodness of God.  There's a deep theological reason for that, but you'll have to come back later to hear it.  We compare, we belittle, and/or we come up with reasons why God should or should not use a person in ministry.  Don't look around if you've ever done that.  Just keep looking at your screen and no body will know...except for God.  But don't worry He loves you.

Let me make this personal.  I've had people tell me that I'm not talented enough, not godly enough, too young, made too many mistakes (etc, etc), and that I don't deserve to be doing what I'm doing in ministry.  And you know what I have to say them?  "You're absolutely right."  But isn't that the point?  No one deserves God's love.  No one deserves God's grace.  No one deserves to have His calling imprinted on their spirit.  But He does it anyways.  He loved us when we were messed up and utterly useless to Him.  This is our God.  Where we see deficits He sees an opportunity to display His abundance of strength of power (1 Corinthians 1:27).

So that area in your life that you've been struggling to work though on your own, stop and take heart; let God work on it for you.  Remember that God picked you to be you.  He knows every fault, every sin, every foible and He still wants to use you.  In fact He is cheering you on right now.  And He loves you with a reckless abandon.  Don't disqualify what God has put His Grade-A seal of approval on.  Don't focus on the faults, focus on our Father's lavish, extravagant, over-the-top love and watch as He shows off in your life.

You are loved.


For more info on Pastor Judah Smith's book visit www.jesusisbook.com

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