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Saturday, February 05, 2011

CAN I BE USED?

The answer should be obvious!

There are many reasons why God shouldn't have called you. But don't
worry. You're in good company.

Moses stuttered.
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.
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.

But God doesn't require a
job interview. He doesn't hire and fire like most bosses, because He's
more our Dad 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 '78. It's not even on the record. Sure. There are lots
of reasons why God shouldn't have called us. But if we are magically 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 short work of our limitations.


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