Give Hope: Why Me?
I don’t know about you, but there have been plenty of times I’ve felt unprepared in my life. High school, adulthood, parenthood, working life, and any number of other things have made me feel this way. Sometimes I feel less unprepared, and more unqualified. Like I don’t have the right to be doing something. Still other times I feel like I’ve done something to disqualify myself. Something from my past. Something I’m uncertain about. Some choice I’ve made.
The good news is that even when I’ve been in over my head, doing something I had no business doing, or working on something I felt like I should be anywhere near, God is at work in my life. Not only that, but he chooses to use me to affect the lives of others. It’s not about me being qualified or prepared. It’s about me allowing God to use me, right where I am. To follow his leading, whatever the calling might be.
This Sunday night, we’re looking at the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, found in Acts 8. Philip was a pretty good guy, but he was just an ordinary dude. He got instructions from God, and he responded with obedience. He followed the leading of the Holy Spirit, and found a man who was looking for hope. He was able to give that man hope simply by being faithful to the calling of God.
God doesn’t see us for our failures. He doesn’t evaluate us based on what we can or can’t do. It’s not about what we have or haven’t done. It’s about God. Using us. Just as we are. Whatever your strengths, whatever your weaknesses: You can Give hope.