GOspel!

2018-08-07 13.24.16

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit – Ephesians 1:13

It seems true the saying that fear of failure is the father of failure, that being afraid to try at all, guarantees a failure. Sometimes we have to embrace our limitations; as it would seem God doesn’t shy away from using those of us with them or even working specifically though that very thing you would say limits you. Maybe an inability, an insecurity…. (2 Cor. 12:9-11)

2 Kings 7:1-20 holds a great story. God is about to do something impossible for humans even to comprehend and the aid of the king at that time responds, (verse 2) “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of heaven, could this happen?” He doubts, so in the end he gets to see God indeed bring about the impossible yet he never is able to experience the benefits himself. (James 1:6)

However there are four men with leprosy, the outcasts of society (they need to exclaim “unclean, unclean!” anytime someone comes near). They decide to go for it and it is those four that first come upon the blessings of God. So in verse 9 once they are up to their elbows enjoying the blessing, they turn to each other and say, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves….Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”

So God has chosen to use the very men with limitations, men that have become good at proclaiming, “unclean, unclean!” to now proclaim the good news! What if those four men had allowed their limitations to hold them back from even trying at all!!?! How often do we!?

God has a message to get out to all. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the first letters in gospel are go, do you?! (Mark 16:15) So often we get so caught up in learning more or our comfort levels or even up to our elbows in blessings that we forget our neighbor or coworkers are dying spiritually. Are we willing to believe that our God is bigger than our limitations and trust Him with our impossibilities?

Independent Read: Romans 10:17, John 8:12

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s