I am not, but I know I AM

Posted: January 25, 2012 in Christian living
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I was the MVP of my soccer league when I was 8. I led the league in stolen bases in grade school. Set the AZ record for the mile in the 6th grade. I was a 3-year letter winner in 2 sports in high school. I won a National Championship in soccer in college. I was married in college and have a beautiful wife of 18 years. I graduated from my Master’s Degree with honors.  I have 4 wonderful, healthy kids. I am the Lead Pastor of an “up and coming” church in an affluent area. I have traveled the world as a communicator.

Ever get caught up giving people your ‘resume’?  We get caught in the trap of trying to IMPRESS PEOPLE with WHAT WE’VE DONE all the time. We equate our WORTH with WORKS.  God isn’t interested in that.  In fact, most folks on the “highlight reel” in the Bible were just ORDINARY people who spent time with an EXTRAORDINARY GOD.

I don’t want to be known for who I am. I want to be known for who “I AM”.

Exodus 3:11 (NIV) 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” In verse 14, God says, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

When we get in the habit of realizing, “I am not”. God says, “I AM.”

“I am not qualified.”  I AM

“I am not prepared.”  I AM

“I am not strong enough.” I AM

When I get out of the way, God is at his best!  One of my favorite verses in the Bible is:

Acts 4:13 (NIV) 13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

They became EXTRAORDINARY through the transformational power of Jesus Christ.  Moses was a cowering stutterer, but with God’s help he would confront Pharoah and deliver Israel from captivity.  The disciples were guys who had ‘dropped out’ of rabbinical school, yet Jesus chose them to INVADE the WORLD with the GOOD NEWS of Christ.

What will people say about me when I’m gone?  Will they look at my EARTHLY accolades? Will they point to the trophies in the case, people in the seats, pins on the map, or the plaques on the wall?

Or will they be astonished and take note that I was just an ordinary guy who’d been with Jesus?


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