Ephesians 1:7-8 (NIV)
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if certain Bible characters sent letters of application for ministry positions in a church? Would the Thursday night search committee meeting sound something like this?
"Let's talk about this Adam."
"Well, he seems like a good man, but he takes bad directions from his wife. And you don't even want to know what he wears in the woods."
"How about Noah?"
"He's prone to taking on huge building projects without a permit. He's a pessimist too."
"What about Joseph?"
"Brags too much. Has a prison record. He's even been accused of adultery."
"Are you kidding? He's a lousy communicator. He stutters and stammers. He has a bad temper and has been known to hit things with a stick."
"So he's a golfer then?"
"That's another of his shortcomings."
"What do you know about Job?"
"Well, he's loaded, so he won't need a salary. But he's pretty gloomy. He complains too much."
"David looks like he has promise."
"Yes, but his kids are out of control, and his wives are a handful. To make matters worse, he's a strong proponent of instrumental music in worship."
"Tell me about Solomon."
"Well, he has a good head on his shoulders, but he's got problems when it comes to building projects. It took him seven years to complete the temple and thirteen years to build his palace. I guess he was trying to please all those wives."
"What about Elijah?"
"No way. Prone to depression. Collapses under pressure. Spends too much time by himself in the wilderness."
"Hair's too long."
"Good runner, but he makes up big fish tales. Has been disobedient to God."
"Not a chance. Works for the IRS."
"What about this John the Baptist?"
"He sure doesn't dress like a Baptist. Strange diet. Makes the Pharisees mad."
"Bad temper. Curses sometimes. Claims to have visions."
"Powerful preacher and a good leader. But he's short on tact and has been known to preach all night. Puts people to sleep. Controversial on women's issues. He's single too."
"What about these others on the list?"
"Lazarus is dead."
"Zacchaeus is too short."
"Timothy is way too young."
"Methusaleh is too old."
"Sarah laughed too much."
"What about Judas?"
"Well, let's talk about him. He comes with good character references. Good connections. He's conservative, so he won't rock the boat. Handles money well. Maybe he's the one."
Aren't you glad God in His mercy chose to use the likes of these? They literally shaped the course of human history. And He will do it again through you.
All of us have sinned. But we don't have to live with the guilt. When we truly repent, God forgives and restores us to favor.
Dear Lord, we thank You for being a forgiving God. We love to see how even though the people in the Bible failed You forgave them and used them. We ask You today to forgive us and to use us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.