In the backwash of failing God, the disciples sucked it up, shrugged their shoulders and went back to fishing. What else should we expect from people who had abandoned their Lord in His most difficult hour? Knowing He was raised from the dead didn't signal to them an immediate re-rentry into ministry. They likely assumed that Christ had moved on to a higher caliber of candidate than themselves.
You might be tempted to feel the same way when you fall short of God's expectation.
Jesus Christ has a non-stop component of His present ministry in that He is relentlessly offering grace to serial stumblers. The followers of Christ sin - often. We misspeak. We covet. We lust. We hold grudges. Our marriages can suffer and sometimes fail. We can miss the mark as parents, church members and spiritual leaders. If all of this weakness is the determining factor in whom God uses for His glory, then who will be able to serve Him? God only has sinners to choose from and He is undeterred by our trip-up's and transgression. He giveth more grace.
This message is from one stumbler to another and should serve as comfort and encouragement for those who long to serve God in joyful holiness. Making no excuses for sin, Pastor Jeff welcomes us to consider the immensity of God's grace and to listen for the whisper of Christ telling us, "It's okay. I'm still here."
After serving as Associate Pastor of Meadow Baptist Church for 5 years, Jeff became pastor in 2002. Having a passion for the Word of God, practical application for today's world, and a thirst for the presence of God, Jeff strives to lead people into authentic relationships with God and...