Thursday, June 16, 2011
Join the March of the Unqualified
Have you ever felt unqualified or disqualified to be a follower, or unqualified to help lead others to Christ? We all feel this way occasionally, but thank God that He is the One who has "qualified us" or "fitted us" or "made us sufficient" to inherit the blessings. He has done this by redeeming us, forgiving us our sins and clothing us in the righteousness of his Son (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21). Whatever training or credentials we feel we formerly lacked, we have now been given. Whatever things we have done in the past, that bring us a sense of shame or at least a feeling of disqualification, or not-good-enough-ness, they are forever forgiven.
Whatever feelings of inadequacy that may have crippled us in the past, God has certified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light! If you find yourself saying, "I'm not up to the task. I'm a miserable failure. I don't deserve to stand in God's presence," God now says to us that we who are in Christ are "Qualified! Forgiven! Adequate in Jesus! Righteous in my Son! Come and receive and enjoy your inheritance together with all the saints in the life-giving, soul-cleansing light of my kingdom!"
And what is this inheritance in which all believers share?
Ruling angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)!
Inheriting the earth (Matthew 5:5)!
A glorified body (Romans 8:17-25)!
The kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)!
But none of this means anything if God isn't there. Our inheritance is God and is in God! He is our exceeding great reward. John Piper said it best when he wrote that "the highest, best, final, decisive good of the gospel, without which no other gifts would be good, is the glory of God in the face of Christ revealed for our everlasting enjoyment. The saving love of God is God’s commitment to do everything necessary to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfying, namely himself” (God is the Gospel).
Thank you God, that You have filled us with joyful and glad-hearted gratitude, and for having qualified us to inherit you . . . your presence, your beauty, your glory forever and ever.
That You for having qualified us by grace alone...