Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The worst receivers in the world

We receive the Gospel.

But not like NFL receivers. They receive passes from quarterbacks.

Sometimes the ball is thrown well and right on spot, sometimes you have to use your athleticism to catch up to it.

The point is that the Good News of Jesus is that you don't have to be a good receiver, not even a first round pick or run a 4.1 40.

It's like those passes where the Tight End is running and turns around and the ball is just there. The stats will award him a "catch," but the quarterback and the ball did all the work. I suppose that would make the Devil a defensive back attempting to break up the play a la the Parable of the Sower. All this imperfect analogy to say, "God is not recruiting an All-Star Team."

Quite the opposite.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

You are not a great receiver. If you have received anything, it is only because God made it possible for you to catch it.

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