Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Unworthy or worthy?

I have no idea where this article started its life, but I found it stimulating, and I trust you will too!

THE WORLD might say that there are many reasons why God wouldn’t want to use you or me.

But don’t worry ...

Moses stuttered. David’s armour didn’t fit. John Mark was rejected by Paul.

Hosea’s wife was a prostitute. Amos’s only training was in the school of pruning fig trees.

Solomon was too rich. Abraham was too old. David was too young.

Timothy had ulcers.

Peter was afraid of death, Lazarus was dead.

John was self-righteous. Naomi was a widow.

Paul was a murderer. So was Moses.

Jonah ran away from God. Miriam was a gossip.

Gideon and Thomas both doubted.

Elijah was burned out. John the Baptist was loud.

Martha was a worrier. Mary was lazy.

Noah got drunk. Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.

Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse? So, did Peter and Paul – well, lots of folks did.

The enemy says, “You’re not worthy.” Jesus says, “So what? I AM.”

The enemy looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the cross.

He doesn’t calculate what you did in ’78, or even what you did five minutes ago! There’s not even a record. There’s forgiveness.

Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t want or love us, but he does because of his grace and mercy.

But if we are utterly in love with him, if we hunger for him more than our next breath, he’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like. Thank God for that fact!