Everyday I dig into a variety of different bible plans via the Bible.com app on my iPhone & today’s lesson really hit my heart & I’m feeling extremely overwhelmed with gratitude for God’s grace! I wanted to share it & I encourage you to download this app and find a bible plan that fits what you need help working through right now!
This content is directly for Kyle Idleman’s follow-up to “Not a Fan” here’s a link to this direct app/website: www.bible.com
The End of Me (Day 6 of 7) Disqualified to Be Chosen
Remember the story of Paul on the road to Damascus? God takes Saul and reinvents him as the leader of the Christian movement, the first evangelist outside the Jewish faith, and the first great theologian of Christianity.
If anyone was disqualified for leadership, shouldn’t it have been a man who murdered believers and organized search-and-destroy missions against the church?
It’s not that Jesus needed Paul. The movement was already winning converts and producing leaders. With a twist like this one, God was up to something. We have to conclude he was sending a message.
What was that message all about—and what does it mean for you and me?
It means we don’t have a disqualification against us. How sad if some of us think God looks at us and sees an overdue expiration date.
Don’t you think Peter must have felt that way? Here’s a guy Jesus personally chose and spent a lot of time with. It had to mean something when Jesus called him the Rock—what guy wouldn’t like being given that name?
But after he did exactly what Jesus told him he would do, denying him at the moment of crisis, Peter retreated to his old life and figured he was off the list. Jesus had made it a point to tell him he’d fail. Why would he do that? Peter probably thought Jesus was saying, “You’re not going to make it after all. Watch how you screw up in a few hours.”
Peter went fishing, the only other life he knew. That’s it for me. My time came, and I struck out.
Out there on the boat that early morning, he reflected on the shipwreck of all his dreams. Jesus had qualified him, and that was a miracle. He had disqualified himself, and that was a tragedy.
Then he looked up to see a figure on the shore. Against all odds, it was Jesus, waving at him, telling him there was still work to do, and what was he doing out on that boat?
I still choose you.
What’s the past burden you’re still carrying? Adultery? Go talk to David the king. Lying? Deception? Abraham and Isaac knew a little about that. A sordid past? God chose Rahab, a prostitute. Anger and temper issues? James and John fit into God’s plan anyhow. How about a string of bad relationship choices? The woman at the well knew what that was like, and God sent Jesus with a message just for her.
Maybe today it’s your turn. Jesus has a message for you. It has nothing to do with your qualifications. It has to do with coming to the end of yourself, because that’s when God can use you in the very best way. By his grace, and by nothing you can offer, he chooses you.
Scriptures to lean on for the day
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11:6
“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” John 1:16