by Dr. Paul Chappell
“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
Through Christ, anyone can make a difference.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened had Jesus used an employment agency in today’s world to select his twelve disciples? Perhaps it would have looked something like this:
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew had been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.
One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.
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By many standards, Christ’s choices for His disciples would have seemed ludicrous. They were unlearned and ignorant men. Yet, the Lord showed that through Him, anyone can make a difference.
First Corinthians shows us that it is through the foolishness of preaching that God has chosen to spread His message. He could have chosen any venue He wanted, but He chose preaching and witnessing to sinful humans like you and me to tell the world.
No background check or aptitude test is needed to be qualified to serve Christ. No matter how smart, skilled, eloquent, or professional you may or may not be, God has chosen you to carry His message of salvation to the world.
Do you ever feel unqualified to serve God? Don’t let the devil convince you that your past or your inabilities disqualify you from serving God. God has chosen you to carry on the work He started on earth thousands of years ago! Whenever you feel ill-equipped to serve God, remember that the people He hand-selected to serve Him were a group of common fishermen.
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Daily Bible Reading
Leviticus 21-22 • Matthew 28