Higher Than Our Ways - 07
Jesus made some odd choices when He chose His disciples. One of those odd choices was Matthew, a tax collector.
Tax collectors were universally disliked by the Jews because of the dishonesty within the system. Most of the local tax collectors who worked for the Romans would inflate the tax bill and fill their own pockets with the excess. Most taxpayers knew it was happening, but the tax collectors were protected by the Romans, and the Romans didn’t much care as long as they got the taxes they expected.
Jesus was certainly aware of this reality, yet he chose Matthew to be a disciple anyway. Jesus saw something in Matthew that others could not see; Matthew had potential.
And Jesus makes the same odd choices today. I am a sinner, yet God has chosen to use me in various channels of ministry. If I was making the choices, I would not choose me. But God must see some potential in me that I have difficulty seeing in myself.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a hope and a future.” I find much comfort here, because God’s ways of choosing people are certainly higher than any ways I would use.
No matter who you are, where you’ve been, what you’ve done- God has a plan for you.
You are not a random collection of amino acids and proteins that just happened to come together and make a person; You have value because God created you, and that act of creation included a plan for your life.
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