Monday, August 18, 2008

Red Letters: Chapter 9 (Snapshot of Hope)

Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: “I’m after mercy, not religion.” I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.
–Matthew 9:12

[This chapter tells the stories of 4 ordinary people who stepped outside of their comfort zone and followed Christ to reach the neglected and hopeless.]

It’s all too common that we think we’re just ordinary people. We have nothing to offer. We can’t be used by God. Surely we can’t do something extraordinary. We don’t have the time or the resources. We aren’t spiritual enough. We aren’t capable. God would never choose to use me.

Those are all lies! Lies from the enemy. Lies to discourage. Lies to dissuade. (John 10:10-14)

Every step you take towards following God is another step into a whirlwind of life filled with absolute joy and blessing. Your faith will increase. Yes, you will be stretched and pulled, but you will grow and blossom! I will be honest, in the moment, it can be painful or uncomfortable, but when you can look back and see all that God has done in and through you—you simply can’t beat it!

It’s time to get movin!

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