Skin Deep: Skin In The Game-Friday
"The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Fishing boats and an ancient IRS office. That’s where Jesus’ disciples got their start in life. Definitely not the most glamorous jobs or the highest social positions. You’d think then, that it would be pretty easy for them to have some compassion on the Samaritan woman. Not so fast. I mean the disciples were low on the list of probable people that Jesus would pick to carry out the most important spiritual mission in the history of mankind, but, c’mon, they weren’t that low. Not as low as her. And that is the barrier of disqualification. It’s a big, Great Wall of China kind of barrier. It’s the barrier between you and the people who you think you’re better than or worse than. This barrier keeps you pretty tightly reigned into your own achievements and life experiences. It stops you from seeing who God might actually want to ask to do something on His behalf. The thing about God is that He isn’t making that call based on anything you and I can measure. He set that precedent a long time ago when He chose scrawny, little King David. And that’s always been His precedent - it’s the measuring stick He used when He chose people like Moses (afraid to speak!), Mary (young and unmarried!), and Paul (a murderer!). The good Lord isn’t looking at your resume; He’s looking at your heart. He’s not looking to see what you have or haven’t done; He’s looking to see what you’re willing to do.
- Where is the barrier of disqualification keeping you out? Do you believe that you’re too low to be used by God? Or do you believe that you’re important enough that He should use you instead of others? Have others put that barrier around you? Ask God to help you align your view of yourself with His view of you so that you can see clearly what He’s called you to do.