I was once a not-stopping-for-anything young man, ready to change the world.
I did my share of shaking things up. But then life got in the way — Marriage. Kids. Jobs. Career. A mortgage. Soon, I had every excuse, every reason why I couldn’t change the world.
Not much has changed, except now, I use my past as an excuse, littered with selfishness and broken relationships. I have proven inadequacies, personal chinks in my armor that I know leave me vulnerable. I have doubts and uncertainties about my abilities. “Pick someone else,” I pray.
I hope to get a grip on the ball, to advance the cause, but it slips out of my grasp. The failures, fears, and temptations get in my own way.
Paul had an interesting conversation with some first-century believers. He acknowledged all the excuses in 1 Cor 1:26-29. “Not many of you were wise by human standards. Not many of you were influential. Not many were of noble birth.”Well, that sums up most of the Christians I know. We are a ragtag group of nobodies.
“But God chose the foolish things of the world…He chose the weak things of the world…He chose the lowly and despised things of the world…”
Basically, we are without excuse, because we didn’t choose God. He chose us. Being a Red Letter Believer means that you take on the words of Christ and you begin to not just believe in them, but you begin to live them out. When we begin to embrace them and flesh them out, we will see the world around you change. Those precious Words can redeem our schools, our workplaces, our governments, and our planet.
Things can be bleak out there. Politics. Division. Wars. Weather. Terrorism. Anger. Despair. It’s all around us and there is an urgency for God’s elect to redeem the culture – to change the world.
So, what’s my excuse?