A theologian was once asked, “Why did Jesus choose Judas Iscariot to be his disciple?” The teacher replied, “I don’t know, but here’s an even harder question: Why did Jesus choose me?” (From our Bible study this week.)
We easily focus on the condition of others and not on our own. It’s easy to be outraged at the lack of justice dished out to somebody else, and not think about what justice would have meant for ourselves.
It reminded me of an old story. A newspaper asked the question, “What is wrong with the world?”
Of course they got plenty of answers blaming society’s ills on various causes.
But they got one answer that said this:
“I’m what’s wrong.
“I’m a sinner.”
It seems the most shocking thing to people who don’t know God, is that there could be a God who allows bad things happen to good people.
We know there aren’t really any good people. There are just sinners. Some of us have had our sins covered by Jesus’ blood.
What’s actually shocking is that our just and holy God doesn’t immediately treat us the way we truly deserve.
The Bible says we can’t even understand how much God loves us…
“[That you] may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)
Nothing makes me more grateful than thinking about where I’d be if Jesus hadn’t saved me.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)