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Verse of the Day - Romans 6:23 KJV - Highland Park Baptist ...

Have you ever felt you were not worthy of what God was asking you to do? We are told that God can use the unworthy, but many times it doesn’t feel like He can. When we begin to reflect on our lives and our sinfulness, we realize we have fallen short. Paul writes about falling short. Romans 3:23For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.[1]

God has a standard and no matter how hard we try we sin, but amid this there is good news. Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. [2] We do fall short and the wages of sin is death, but when we place our faith in Jesus it changes everything.

When we come to believe in Jesus, we are forgiven, and the Lord gives us the free gift of eternal life. In addition, the Lord calls us to work in His Kingdom as children of faith.

Peter Knew He was not Worthy

Jesus chose Peter, an uneducated fisherman, to be one of His disciples. When Jesus called Peter, He wanted to give him more than what he had experienced as a believer. As Peter was called, he had one major concern. How could Jesus use a sinful person like he was?  Luke5:When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”[3]

Have you ever wondered about that same question? I certainly have. God knows all my sins, yet He chooses to call a sinner like me. That is the mercy of God!

God Knows You are Not Worthy but Chose You Anyway!

Too often we focus our attention on all the reasons we couldn’t possibly be used by God. Jesus is aware of all our sin, yet still chooses to embrace us. Other disciples of Jesus most likely thought they were not worthy, also.

Matthew was a work in progress. Regarded by many as traitor because he worked for the Roman government, he was called while still being a dishonest tax collector.  (Matthew 9:9).

Thomas struggled to have faith when he needed physical proof of Jesus’ resurrection. It was only when he could touch Jesus that he believed Jesus had risen from the dead. (John 20:24-29)

Don’t Let Your Feelings Stop You

On our best day we may feel unworthy of being used by Jesus, but even at our worst, we are still undeniably chosen by Him! It is the power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit that can make you worthy. Since you are chosen and loved by God think about the following question: Jesus wants to work through you and He has more for you. The only question is, will you allow Him?

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[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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