What’s stopping you from doing God’s mission for you? When I read through Paul’s list of excuses, I was surprised at the similarity to mine. I had always thought of Paul as an extremely confident, know-it-all kind of guy, and here I was reading a list of his anxieties about himself–lots of excuses giving his reasons for WHY NOT.
Then I looked at what he did with his list–he brought it to God. “Here’s what I’ve been thinking, God. I can’t understand why you’re asking ME to do this hard thing–there’s no way I’m qualified or ready for this big task.”
God’s answer: “You’re not, but I am. It’s my strength you will have access to. it’s my mission you will be on. It’s my armor you will wear. Don’t be afraid. You won’t let me down, because you aren’t carrying me–I’m carrying you.”Ephesians 3:7-8 (New Living Translation)
By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. Ephesians 3:7-8 (The Message)
This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.
And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ.
Why study the Bible this way?If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind. If you want to remember it, you can think of what you drew. Want to share? I invite your comments and an upload of your own drawings.