It’s the season of great reversals.
The power of God was on display when God humbled himself and was nailed to a tree.
The way to eternal life was paved by his lifeless body, laid in the tomb.
Now this week, your faithful service begins in the same place as Moses, Peter and Paul: “Lord, I’m neither worthy nor ready for this week.”
Authoritative Christian ministry that terrorizes Satan’s hordes begins in the humility of the called servants of Christ. If you’re feeling not quite ready, you’re in a good place.
We like to call it a place of grace. God does his best work when we rely totally on him.
You’re best preparation this week is your humility.
If you’re concerned “Will I proclaim the good news in all the strength and power I can muster?” then share the good news in the gentleness that Jesus showed as he washed the disciples’ feet. Your gentleness. His strength.
If you wonder whether or not the message you’ve prepared will be received by faithful hearts, have faith in the authority of the Word of God, in spite of your imperfect offering of inadequate words. Your trust. His work.
If you’re worried that you haven’t done enough to make the Easter service as joyful as it can be, lead the way through your humble repentance at the foot of the cross. Your brokenness. His healing.
God’s wisdom shines through our foolishness.
As unprepared, unready and uncomfortable as you feel in this eternally significant moment, take confidence in the truth of God’s great reversal.
“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:21-25
God bless you in all of your faithful service this week. Give ’em heaven!