We were created in order to join God on a mission! Some people picture God as this benevolent grandfather sitting on the outskirts of the universe listening to really good worship music, disengaged, nodding off asleep. The Bible has a totaly different picture of God. It teaches us that God is at work 24/7, all over our world. He is filling His followers with grace and mercy and power to redeem the things that are broken on our planet. Picture God wearing work gloves. And God wants us to roll up our sleeves and get to work with Him. He wants His mission to be our mission. What would it feel like if you laid your head on the pillow tonight and said, “You know what I did today? I teamed up with God in order to change the world.
One of the most amazing features of the Gospels, and of the ministry of the Lord Jesus, is the men He chose to be His disciples. If you and I were putting together a ministry team, these are probably not the kind of people we would choose to represent us. Consider these men for just a moment. Several were fishermen. One was a former tax collector for Rome. A couple of them were quick tempered. One of them was a revolutionary. One was a traitor and not a true believer at all. All were very common men. These men lacked spiritual understanding. They lacked humility. They lacked faith. They lacked commitment. They lacked power. These men were always getting into trouble; missing the point or Christ’s teachings; lashing out at people who were different; saying the wrong thing; walking away from their commitment to Jesus; among other failures and problems. In spite of their weaknesses, the Lord used these men to turn the world upside down for His glory. If He can use them, surely He can use us too!