A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my newfound respect for Nehemiah of the Old Testament. He was bold, prayerful, and even a little crazy (can I say that?) in his pursuit of righteousness. But someone I’ve always loved from the Bible—or at least since I started reading it—is the apostle Paul. Maybe it’s because he, like I, started out being religious, only to be overwhelmed by the discovery that God’s grace made him righteous (and not his works). Anyway, Paul had plenty of reason to hide, or hide from, his past. He had been, to put it bluntly, a murderer. And when he wasn’t the one killing Christ’s followers, Paul was pursuing them, beating them, or encouraging others to murder them. If anyone should be considered disqualified from service to the Lord, it was Paul. But one of the things I admire about Paul is that he didn’t have any problem telling people what a bad guy he had been before God got a hold of him. That wretched past was part of his testimony. And because of what he had done, Paul knew as well as anyone possibly can that there is no evil that is deeper than the depth of God’s grace. So rather than focus on his past failures, Paul looked forward, to Jesus.
Do you ever feel unqualified to serve God? What truths from Scripture set you straight?