So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29 (NIV).
Paul reminds us of what John the Baptist said (as recorded in Luke 3). There, John told his Pharisee challengers that God could create “children of Abraham” out of stones in the road.
Is that what we are? Are we stones in the road? Are we pavement that people walk over, ignominious, ordinary, and unremarkable? Or are we something that God can transform in a miracle?
So, I’ll lay out a confession. I’m a little down today. I got a good pay-raise this year, and my workload has increased. I’ve been doing work well above my grade for awhile now. My billable project is greatly expanding, thanks mostly to my efforts. But, yesterday, when the promotion list came out, my name wasn’t on it. I’m disappointed, feeling let-down. Good folks who earned it were promoted, but I thought I earned it, too. Today, I feel like a stone in the road: unremarkable, useful but no big deal.
That’s not how Jesus sees me. With Him, I’m promoted every day. I matter to Him. He is using me to reach out to thousands of people through this blog. He’s using me to reach friends and strangers through my side-work in driving, baking, and Sunday lessons for our church. He has me leading my family. And at work, He’s using me to mentor others, to build something lasting for people who need that; to put in place processes, changes, and more: all while being His disciple.
Give me the title then show me the money, Jesus? He already has. He calls me “saint.” Not only, He provides for me (and you, and all of us) generously and consistently every day. Because He does this, it’s reasonable for me to cling to the knowledge – not a wish, not a guess: tangible knowledge – that He uses me for His best purposes right now.
But I still want the title; I crave affirmation. We talked about wanting to be on the red carpet just yesterday. Jesus is already affirming me, recognizing me every day, urging me to find meaning in His purposes, His mission, not just what my company decides. If I’m a stone in the road, Jesus has already made me an important one, needed where I am. People sometimes do walk on me but they don’t wear me down. Congrats to all promotees. I’m on the right path, too.
For further reading: Luke 3:8, 1 Corinthians 3:23, Galatians 4:1
Lord, I give You and You alone all praise.
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