Best t-shirt ever: WORLD’S OKAYEST PASTOR
This is not a competition, you know. Pastors may like to compare advanced degrees, mission trip destinations and average weekly attendance (how’s that working out this year?), but God doesn’t.
This is not a test. You’re not getting graded on a curve. Jesus already aced everything for you. Your score (Perfect!) has already been registered in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Your worth is not judged by your performance.
God loves you. Don’t argue.
There’s a t-shirt for all of us, because we’re all the World’s Okayest Pastor. There’s only One whose performance matters, and he’s doing a great job.
The amazing thing is that in the eyes of Jesus, all the rest of us are tied for first place. He couldn’t possibly love you any more than he does right now.
Not more after your best Bible class. Not less after your worst. Not more after a 70 hour work week. Not less after wasting an entire day on a sermon outline that ends up in the trash basket.
God’s love is Ephesian love.
The entire Bible proclaims one message from cover to cover; God’s perfect grace in Jesus Christ. I love the way Paul’s letter to the Ephesians encapsulates the heart and core of God’s redeeming grace.
It makes a wonderful 19 minute reminder to performance oriented people like you and me who need that kind of reminder daily. Or more often.
If wellness comes from welcoming the healing touch of God’s love, then Ephesians is a great dose of wellness medicine. Take 19 minutes any time you need a refresher on what it means to be loved by God. Let his promises have their way with you.
Marvel at the wonder of God’s claim on your life from back before all of eternity in chapter one: “In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”
Rejoice at the gift of his performance at the cross and empty tomb in chapter two: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.“
Imagine if you can, “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” in chapter three.
Discover a power beyond your strength in chapter four: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.“
In chapter five be dumbfounded over the mystery of Christ’s love for his church, “who gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish.”
Find comfort in his protection, undeserved, but given freely to you in chapter six: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”
Remember this week, no matter your successes or your failures, by faith you can say, “This I know, Jesus loves me.” Don’t argue with him.
Thanks for reading.