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Crazy Normal: Riding The Crazy Train-Thursday

Posted on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

"At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name."
 
After the family tragedy of Abel’s murder by his brother, Cain… amidst the agony of a mom and dad burying one son while simultaneously reeling from the shock of their other son leaving home forever... the first man and woman on the planet welcomed their third son, Seth. Cain and Abel both still held their place as beloved sons in Adam and Eve’s hearts, but can you imagine their gratitude at Seth’s birth after losing two sons in such a terrible way? 
 
Then the years went by and Seth had a son named Enosh, and people began to worship the LORD by name. Seth’s parents, who knew God face to face, passed that relationship along to their son. Who passed it on to his son. 
 
As we turn the page to Genesis 5, we catch a glimpse of what can happen when a legacy of walking with God thrives in a family. We come across Enoch, who shared God’s words with others and walked so closely with Him that he didn’t die. We discover Methuselah, Enoch’s son, who was blessed by God with the longest recorded life. All the way down the line to Noah. 
 
What gets interesting, for me, is the math. Without the math, it’s easy to skip over the fact that Enoch very likely lived right alongside Adam. And that Methuselah could have lived for years alongside Adam, who’d walked with God in the Garden of Eden. And Methuselah’s dad, Enoch, had to have shared his stories of walking with God. It makes me wonder how Noah’s granddad, Methuselah, invested in him until his death the very year of the great rescue God provided for Noah and his family?
 
The family legacy of a few who knew God and who worshipped the Lord by name.
 
  • Murder, rebellion, and more were left behind as people lived a life of knowing God and making Him known. You can draw a line in the sand and start to leave a legacy, too. Pray and ask God to do this in your life and family. 

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Crazy Normal: Riding The Crazy Train-Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

"...you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you."
 
Control. Anger. Selfishness. Offense. Did you grow up in a home where those words sound really familiar? Or maybe you live there now. One controls and the other feels like everything is out of control. One gets offended and sulks, the other walks on eggshells. The fear factor is real in little kid’s hearts as mom and dad start fighting - again. It’s husbands and wives. It’s fathers and sons. Mothers and daughters. Pick your combination of relationships and there exists the potential for conflict, dysfunction, and brokenness. Maybe for some of us just simply having both a mom and a dad in the same home seems like it would have been a blessing. Let alone the story we heard this past Sunday about growing up fatherless. 
 
When I think of fatherlessness, the haunting Everclear song, “Father of Mine” always comes to my mind. The gut-wrenching lyrics about a dad who gave him his name and then walked away bring me a sense of sadness and sorrow. The songwriter captures his woundedness in words that convey a broken heart and fragile identity: 
 
I will never be safe, I will never be sane
I will always be weird inside, I will always be lame
 
 
Do you resonate with those words? Ever felt that way? Whatever the case, whether “fatherless” describes your experience or not, any home without our Heavenly Father is still, ultimately, a Fatherless home. And where the Father is absent, everything eventually spirals out of control. It goes round and round until something has to give. And someone in that broken and hurting home reaches out for the hope that comes from our Heavenly Father.  
 
The good news is that when God steps in, even in the 36% of homes in Kentucky where kids grow up with only one parent, the Father moves in; He lives there and loves there. And He ministers healing and wholeness. 
 
  • Do you need to reach out for help connecting with God, your Father? We’d love to help in any way we can. Contact Jennifer to learn more.  

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Crazy Normal: Riding The Crazy Train- Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

"...the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me." 
 
My dad was a drill sergeant. At times I thought he was a dictator. I’m certain he meant well, but we didn’t really connect thanks to some pretty significant differences in our personalities. He’s strong in many ways. But so am I. And while he was out there saving the world with the U.S. Army, I was dreaming about possibilities and ideas and just being my creative self. But I am still like my dad in some ways. 
 
It just happens, for good or for ill. A legacy gets passed along. Whether it’s a strength or a sinful habit: like-parent-like-child. On the other side of the dad scoring touchdowns on the field, the mom hitting 3-pointers on the court, the father flooring it in a race car, the mother setting records on the track... is a son or daughter “knocking it out of the park” in the same discipline. For every mom and daughter who can both cook like champs, there’s a dad whose son’s temper is just like his. There’s a family legacy of alcohol addiction. Hitting, hurting, and abusing get passed along. Adultery snags and crushes generation after generation. 
 
But the chain can be broken. The curse can be cured. By just one person. It only takes one. The trajectory of your family’s legacy can be changed as you bring your dents, scratches, and pain to our Heavenly Father for healing. His work in your heart can transform the future and launch a ripple effect of life-on-life that resounds for decades to come… and then in the life after!
 
Central Kentucky and the world will be transformed as we’re able to say about more and more homes, families, men, women, teens, and children as they follow Jesus, “They’re just like their Father.”
 
  • The curse has been broken by Jesus. We don’t have to pass along a legacy of pain. We can experience healing and go on to live and share a life of godliness instead. Pray and ask God to start this process in your family today.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Crazy Normal: Riding The Crazy Train- Monday

Posted on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman."
 
As a child, I thought my family was perfectly normal. For a long, long time I was pleasantly oblivious to the reality of the sin, selfishness, sickness, and sadness in those relationships. Looking back as an adult, I now see family members who walked through really tough stuff like divorce, congenital birth defects, teenage pregnancy, prison, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, cancer. But hindsight helps me now to see that my family was “normal”.
 
Now, I have to admit, I’m pretty idealistic. I can come up with a picture of pure perfection that, when it’s not met, leaves me frustrated or feeling like a failure. So, at first, that ideal was my normal. But now? After life experience, after walking alongside others in their pain, I’ve discovered it’s more about simply accepting this sinful, broken world as it is, not as I would have it. And releasing the need to control all of it, realizing I can’t conform life to my ideal of “normal”. I have to let God be God. Let Him do what only He can do. It’s a shift of perspective. 
 
But here’s the good news in all of this: Your life that falls short of the ideal, when you bring your “normal” life to God right where you are, just as you are… God welcomes you. Bring it. He’s excited to welcome you home. 
 
You see, He’s a good Father. He doesn’t lead with judgment or anger. He starts by holding you and bandaging those wounds. Then, after the initial healing begins, He moves on to processing things with you, His much-loved child. He talks it out and helps you identify lessons to be learned and ways to grow. And finally, He starts working from the inside, pouring out wisdom that leads to thoughtful, intentional steps in the future that, over time, mark out a path that leads to lifechange. 
 
  • Yes, there is a normal. What I had to come to grips with is the fact there is no perfect. Need to talk it out? Contact Jennifer to learn more.  

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Skin Deep: Scar Tissue- Friday

Posted on Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!” As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” 
 
Resurrection puts things right. And Resurrection puts things in motion. Resurrection brings peace. And Resurrection unlocks the mission. 
 
1 Corinthians 15:6-8 tells us that over 500 people witnessed the Resurrected Christ in the forty days after His crucifixion. Imagine the stir in the region! 
 
Jesus may have encountered a bunch of scared-half-to-death disciples in the Upper Room that evening, but it would prove to be the last time fear reigned over them. This band of brothers and sisters turned the entire world upside down, launching the worldwide mission known as The Church. 
 
Not one of them escaped trial, tribulation, even torture. All but one would be executed in pursuit of the lost, spreading the Gospel. Beaten, stoned, stabbed, beheaded, crucified, imprisoned--every single one of them died for the cause of Christ. 
 
Something happened in that room that night. Something that would change the course of history and eternity. 
 
Was it the words of Jesus? “Peace be with you!” No. 
 
Was it the overwhelming nature of looking into the eyes of the once-dead-now-very-much-alive Savior? No. 
 
What, then? 
 
Well, He “breathed” on them. 
 
The breath of God is powerful, friends. It split the sea and allowed the Children of Israel to cross to safety on dry land (Exodus 14:15-22). It created the stars (Psalm 33:6). It IS the Holy Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). It brings dead things to life (Ezekiel 37:4-14). It empowered The Church (Acts 2:1-4). 
 
I don’t know about you, but I’m tingling head to toe! One thing is certain: Resurrection means we must move. From where we are to where He is. 
 
Breathe on me, King Jesus! Send me! May the cry of every heart be simply that! 
 
  • What about you? What big mission has you scared-half-to-death? Ask Jesus if He’ll breathe on you! 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

Skin Deep: Scar Tissue- Thursday

Posted on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

"On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. " 
 
There is a scene in “Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade” that makes me smile every time I see it. Indiana is fighting a bad guy on a tank, which barrels over a steep cliff. Indy’s father, his colleague, and his friend lean way over the edge, seeking any hope of his survival when suddenly the tank explodes, erasing all hope. There is a long moment of shock where no one moves. Then his father straightens and looks to his right, where Indiana is standing beside him, looking over the cliff as well! As if to say, “Hey! What are we lookin’ for, fellas?”
 
The chaos in the believers’ circle was undoubtedly overwhelming, the stress crippling.  John’s account describes a group basically hiding out, unsafe anywhere but behind locked doors. Every knock brought fresh fear of discovery, and perhaps, of suffering the same fate as the Master. 
 
Did the disciples speculate that perhaps their Lord was alive? Raised from the dead? Evidence points more to their consistent lack of understanding on that score. So even on the third day, the doors were firmly bolted. Even though they already knew the stone was rolled back and the grave empty, they barricaded themselves in. 
 
We often give poor Thomas a hard time for doubting, but I’m guessing he was in good company. Fear will trample on even the most trusting among us. 
 
And then, whoosh! There He was! I can imagine joy-on-steroids flooding the room on the night Jesus simply appeared among them. Much head-scratching, hand-wringing, and heart-wrenching disappeared in that moment. Grief turned to joy as they heard four words from a familiar voice: “Peace be with you!” 
 
Here was the Resurrected Christ, close enough to touch. Friend, may the Resurrected Christ be close enough to you to touch... today and every day. 
 
  • If there’s distance between you and Jesus, here’s a great way to close the gap: Talk to Him. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

Skin Deep: Scar Tissue- Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Apr 19, 2017

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
 
There once was a season of, shall we say, struggle in the life of our family. That year, if it could go wrong or be devastatingly shocking, it was. My husband and I actually stayed up until midnight that December 31st, just to be sure that year really ended! We were stretched, pruned, and “rode hard and put up wet.” Our nerves were tight, our emotions raw, on the constant verge of tears or anger, our ability to manage stress thin and weak. 
 
We kept praying, “Lord, what do you want to teach us in this? We promise we’ll obey!” At one point I looked at Greg and stated flatly, “If the locusts show up, I’m outta here!” Tough times that come in wave after wave do one of two things: they make us snap, or they help us snap out of it! 
 
We can bend or break. Either way, we need to wind up on our knees. Remember, God works for our eternal comfort, not necessarily our personal comfort right now. 
 
I am reminded of this kind of pressure when I read the account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. After trial and torture, I never see a Jesus in Scripture who pleaded or begged for His life. Never see Him argue down the false accusations. Never see Him point out the illegal proceedings. No, in trial after trial, He seems to become more and more dignified and serene. Why? Because He longed to complete His Father’s mission for His life. 
 
So I bow my head. And ask forgiveness for when I whine over inconveniences. Grace for when I fall into life’s pressure cooker. And courage for whatever comes next. May I not speak -- not even open my mouth -- unless His words rest on my tongue. 
 
  • For what trial do you need Jesus’ strength and peace? Will you trust Him fully to walk you through the fire? Spend some time today leaning into the crook of His arm.

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

Skin Deep: Scar Tissue- Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." 
 
Best. News. Ever. Not one shred of any news in the entirety of human history has ever topped this one. 
 
The best news of any life doesn’t hold a candle: You made the Dean’s List…  I want to marry you… Congratulations, it’s a… We’re promoting you…  It’s benign… Although it’s really good news, all of it. 
 
Friends, four words are catching in my heart today, however: “just as he said.”
 
The Resurrection was foretold. Yes, by prophets of old. But also by Jesus Himself. Red-letter words, y’all. 
 
John 2:18-22 declares, 
… Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said … 
 
Or what about Matthew 16:21? 
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
 
Veiled or clear, the words are His. 
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. (John 10:17-18)
 
If Jesus says it, we can take it to the bank. Here’s why this is capturing me. How many other things did He say would happen? I’m a jump ahead of a fit thinking about what is yet to come! Aren’t you? Because He is not here. He has risen. Just as He said. 
 
Do you feel it yet? There’s a rumbling. Sounds a bit like a stone being rolled away. 
 
  • Take a few minutes and check out these verses you can take to the bank, too: John 14:1-4

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

Skin Deep: Scar Tissue- Monday

Posted on Mon, Apr 17, 2017

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
 
I recently had a conversation about God with a really smart man. He’s a person of great intellect and academic pedigree. My friend doesn’t have any problem thinking there is some sort of higher intelligence that created the world, and will even call this “concept” God. However, when asked what he thinks of His Son, Jesus Christ, I was met with a derisive snort! 
 
“Really? The idea that belief in one human being upon which all of our eternal hope is pinned, that’s a stretch. Jesus was a good man, a prophet, even. But God in the flesh? Not likely. Why would you think Jesus is the only way to reach God?” 
 
Because, well, Easter… 
 
Easter is the summation of all we hope for and believe. Without Easter, Christmas is just a really nice birthday party; Springtime is all chocolate bunnies and hidden eggs. 
 
Just as Jesus is the dividing line in religious thought and apologetics, His Resurrection is the hinge-pin. His Resurrection sealed the deal on the Deity of Christ. He could’ve been a prophet, a really good teacher, philosopher, leader of leaders, social justice warrior. But, friends, without the Resurrection, He could not have been the Savior of the world. It wouldn’t be His name by which we must all be saved.
 
We are blessed to live in the age of the New Covenant. The one written in the blood of Jesus Christ, not on tablets of stone. The one in which the power of the Resurrected Christ lives inside each of us in the form of the Holy Spirit. The one in which the entire counsel of God is written down for us to use as a plumb line. 
 
Listen, I simply don’t have the smarts to explain it with five-syllable words. I just live by one apologetic: A guy rises from the dead, I believe everything He says! 
 
Because, well, Easter … 
 
  • Are there any remaining doubts in your faith? Here’s a great resource to check out. 
  • What are some amazing things you’ve experienced since having the Holy Spirit living in you? Thank Him today. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

Skin Deep: Skin to Skin-Friday

Posted on Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.”
 
 
Life.
Because Jesus died, we have life. Remember that line from the end of yesterday’s devo? It’s the most important line you’ve read all week long. Death to life.
 
My friend’s daughter tried out for her school’s volleyball team. Team tryouts might be the most stressful process in the world. The night after the last tryout, she found out she made the team! Celebration commenced until an hour later when the coach called and revealed she’d made a mistake and his daughter did not make the team. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. The next day, the coach discovered she’d made another mistake and that his daughter actually did make the team! Joy returned! Forget that I need to come along side of this coach to offer some organizational help. The reality is, for this middle school girl, she went from life, to death, and back to life all in the matter of a day!
 
Middle school volleyball is not life and death. But for the Disciple's, life and death WAS life and death. They’d seen Jesus heal the physically hopeless, forgive sin, cast out demons, and raise the dead back to life. They’d experienced life. And then they watched Jesus be crucified - something that was impossible for the Messiah. Life to death.
 
Until Easter.
 
On Easter, they found the empty tomb and the risen Lord. Life to death and back to life. The Messiah did die, but He overcame death in the ultimate act of power.
 
The same power that raised Jesus to life is available to us. Catch that - that exact same power is available to you. We too can move from death to life and that’s what Easter is all about.
 
On Easter Sunday, we’re having a big baptism service on each campus. If you’ve not moved from death to life, don’t put it off. Step down into the water and discover the life God has for you. If you are interested in getting baptized on Easter Sunday, contact Laura McIntyre lmcintyre@southlandchristian.org and she will get you set up.

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

Skin Deep: Skin to Skin- Thursday

Posted on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

"With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last."
 
 
Death.
Adam and Eve started something in first few pages of the Bible that could not be stopped. God gave them clear instructions for how to live in harmony with Him forever and they blew it for all of us. When they disobeyed God, God punished them by commanding them to leave the garden. They could no longer remain in the presence of our holy God. Their banishment from His presence also meant separation from the Tree of Life. Death was inevitable. And since that time, the train of death has continued to roll.
 
But Jesus came to make things right. Unlike Adam, Jesus was obedient to His Father in deed and in mission. He came in the flesh, fully human, yet fully God, and never did a thing worthy of punishment. His perfection qualified Him to take the punishment of everyone else who deserved it.
 
God is loving, but He’s also just. That means He has to be consistent. When there is disobedience, there must be a consequence. But, God’s plan was that the perfect Jesus would pay the punishment for us since He did not deserve it for Himself. God’s loving nature satisfied His just nature.
 
On the Friday before Easter, Jesus fulfilled His mission to pay the price for our sin and restore our original relationship with God. Because of the Cross of Jesus, we can now live in harmony with God. The Cross of Jesus has become the Tree of Life.
 
There’s nothing more important than what Jesus did on the cross. Death is ugly and painful. But Jesus’ death was necessary. The Cross is the central point of scripture. Everything else is simply commentary. Because Jesus died, we have life.
 

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

Skin Deep: Skin to Skin- Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Apr 12, 2017

"I don’t know this man you’re talking about."
 
 
Betrayal.
Benedict Arnold fought with the American army during the Revolutionary War. He did some great things for the revolution and became a general with great influence. That’s why his name is synonymous with loyalty right? Uh, wait, that’s only half the story. Arnold became bitter so he concocted a scheme to surrender the port of West Point to the British. His plot was exposed and the port was protected from attack. But ol’ Benny? Well, he escaped and joined forces with the Brits where he was given a fancy title and some fine loot for his troubles. He went from a revolutionary hero to a traitor and that’s why his name is synonymous with treason and betrayal.
 
Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends. We read so many cool stories where Peter is right in the middle of the action. A miraculous catch of fish, a walk on water. He even fights for Jesus by de-earing a dude. But when Glenn Frey started singing, “The Heat Is On”, ol’ Pete started cussing and bailed on Jesus three different times.
 
Before we go and run down Benny and Pete, we should look in the mirror. How do you react when the heat gets turned up? Do you stand your ground and take whatever comes your way or do you blend in with the opposing army? Do you forget all that Jesus has done and bail?
 
Jesus died on the cross for us, but so often when faced with a decision to die on a cross for Him, we bail. We don’t like to admit it, but that’s betrayal. We’re no better than Peter. The good news is, Jesus forgave and restored Peter and because of Easter, He does the same for us.
 
  • Spend some time today examining your life. Would others be surprised to know that you follow Jesus? 
  • Pray and ask God to give you the courage to stand strong and to forgive you for the times you’ve been like Peter.

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

Skin Deep: Skin To Skin - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

"Sit here while I pray."
 
Pray.
Mary prepared for Easter with an act of sacrifice. I prepared for Easter by purchasing new clothes. How about the Man of the hour? How did Jesus prepare for Easter? 
 
He prayed.
 
I have a prayer list that I pray through daily. Some things go off the list after a while. The event passed, the need was met, there’s been an answer or for other reason. But some things stay on my list for good. My wife Sharon, my daughter Maddye, my son Carter, our church, just to name a few. The things that rotate off are important, but these mainstays are a high priority for me to take to God on a daily basis and so they never leave my list. As I live in conversation with God, they’re always a part of the dialogue.
 
Jesus lived in conversation with His Father and we find several things in scripture that stayed on His prayer list. Read through the Gospels and you’ll find them. But this week leading up to Easter, He had a very intense prayer list that zeroed in on His highest priority. His focus was on His mission - the reason He came to this earth. While in the garden, He was praying about Easter.
 
Jesus also asked His disciples to pray. He knew prayer was needed for the days ahead.
 
I think Jesus would like it if we prayed for Easter too. As His disciples, it’s the least we can do.
 
Make a prayer list to pray through this week in preparation for Easter. Set an alarm to pray everyday this week at 3:00pm. Pray for these things:
  • For Jesus to be alive in you like never before.
  • For the person you will invite to go to church with you this Sunday.
  • For Jesus to touch the hearts of the people who will go to church for the first time this Sunday.
  • Add your own items as well!

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

Skin Deep: Skin to Skin- Monday

Posted on Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Mary took expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.".....“Leave her alone,”Jesus replied.“It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.”
 
Preparation. 
This week, we’re going to focus on five words to prepare us for Easter. Today’s word, fittingly enough is “preparation.”
 
When I was a kid, we prepared for Easter - the day Jesus came back to life after being tortured, mocked, crucified, and buried - by getting new clothes. Here’s me one Easter before heading off to church in my new duds.
 
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Going sport coat, no-tie in the early 80s was cutting edge! It seems odd that “new clothes” was how we prepared for Easter, but it’s what we did.
 
Mary prepared for Easter by smashing a bottle of expensive perfume and pouring it all over Jesus. This may seem odd to us, but to Jesus, this was the ultimate act of sacrifice and love. She prepared Jesus for Easter. 
 
It’s Monday and in 6 days, we’ll gather and sing songs about resurrection and new life. Many will be baptized. Thousands will go to church for the first time in a long time. Some ladies will wear big hats. And we have 6 days to prepare for that.
 
You know, those new threads we always bought actually makes sense. Paul says in Colossians 3:9-10 that we “have taken off the old self, and put on the new self.”  My new clothes represented the new life Jesus died to give me. Maybe it wasn’t such a weird way to prepare after all. 
 
How will you prepare for Easter? Here are a few ideas:
  • Read Mark 14:12-25 and see how Jesus and His disciples prepared.
  • If you’ve never given your life Jesus, maybe this is your week. Here’s how you can learn more.
  • Invite a friend who doesn’t go to church to attend with your family.

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

Skin Deep: Skin In The Game-Friday

Posted on Fri, Apr 07, 2017

"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. 

Stephanie Boxx
Student Ministry Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - Richmond Road


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