An Upside-down Theology
“I believed in God but I never believed he believed in me.”
Richard shared those words in our Sunday chapel. It’s easier to share with others who are part of our Fellowship of the Broken. I’m sure they are feelings held by many in the room. Broken by addictions, grief, loss of direction and purpose these men are empty. They’ve left a wake of hurt and anger. Promises have been broken – again. Lies were the currency they dealt in.
Who would believe in them? Surely God is in line with others who’ve turned their back after being hurt one too many times.
The account of Jesus calling the disciples is simply amazing.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20 NIV
“Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9
Who does that?
Who drops what they were doing and follows someone they don’t know?
Was it really that simple?
Didn’t their mama’s teach them not to go with strangers?
I want more background.
Why would Jesus call these seemingly random men? Why does he call us?
The first will be last and the last first.
He challenged the religious leaders and kept company with the sinners.
He broke Jewish law and went against culture on many occasions.
If there was ever someone to always choose the underdog it was Jesus. And just to be clear, we’re the underdogs He’s chosen.
It’s never about what we can do for Jesus but what he does for us.
*Years of addiction have been turned to service in ordained ministry.
*A man who couldn’t carry a tune could beat the drum and welcome others to church.
*A retired insurance salesman with a smile as big as his voice learned all the names of the children in the church they attended a few months out of the year.
*The couple who don’t say much say it all in their actions of service.
*The thief on the cross.
*The woman caught in adultery.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.