Reading through Acts, I found a statement that struck me. I must not have thought about this in my past readings of Acts. In Acts 13, Paul is preaching to Jews in Antioch when the Jews "were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him" (v. 45). I want to note what Paul says in response to them,
[Act 13:46 ESV] And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles."
Had you asked me yesterday, "Are you worthy of eternal life?" I would have answered with an emphatic no, but now I see that would be wrong. Paul says to these Jews and then the Gentiles, they are worthy of eternal life. What a statement!
How am I worthy? Not by my righteousness or my abilities at all. I am sinful and have not lived up to the standard God expected of me (Rom. 3:23). But if God offered me eternal life, doesn't that mean he thinks I'm worthy of it? If God thinks you are worthy of something, then you must be worthy of it, right? So, if God sent his Son to die for me, I must be worthy of it. Again, my worthiness is not by my ability.
How am I worthy of eternal life? I can think of only one answer: God's love. Romans 5:8, "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." I suppose the saying is true, "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder." While I was unworthy of salvation by means of merit, God saw me as someone worthy of saving.
In all the teachings of how sinful humankind is we may forget that God highly prizes his creation. He made us in his image, he has guided our species through history, and he even gave his own Son for our sake. Humankind makes mistake after mistake and no doubt, none is righteous, no, not one (Rom. 3:10). For all the transgressions of mankind, God's grace is that much greater (Rom. 5:20).
I find myself thinking like Job, "What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him" (7:17), or like the Psalmist, "O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him" (144:3).
There is no greater lesson on the value of humans than the sacrifice of Christ. Too many humans believe they are no more valuable than an animal or that they are even less valuable than that! Too many humans believe their value lies in their appearance, their success, or their talents. The value of a human being is derived from the love of God that offered the precious blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:19).
In Acts 13 the Jews refused to believe they were worthy of eternal life like God said, but the Gentiles gladly accepted this good news, "And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed" (Acts 13:48).
God says you are worthy of eternal life--if you weren't he wouldn't have offered it to you. Believe this, rejoice, and glorify the word of the Lord!
by the Babylon Bee, edited by Bobby Price
It's important to count the cost before you decide to follow Jesus. Luckily, we read the
Bible, asked a few pastor guys, and checked Twitter, and we came up with these compelling pros and important cons to consider before you make the leap. Are you thinking about following Jesus? Think about both sides of the issue now:
Pro: Eternal life
Con: Some random person on the internet might think you're weird
Pro: You don't have to go to hell for eternity
Con: You have to go to church
Pro: Finding your transcendent meaning and purpose in life
Con: Getting up a little earlier on Sundays
Con: Church coffee
Pro: The all-knowing, all-powerful Creator of the universe loves you and sent his Son to die for you
Con: His book is really long
Pro: Your life will be redeemed to the glory of God
Con: Can't get drunk and do coke in Vegas anymore
Pro: Traditional family values that lead to a satisfying, productive life with your large, loving family
Con: Only two genders to pick from
Pro: Cathedrals, classical music, Michelangelo, the foundation of western art and music
Con: God's Not Dead 3
Pro: Chris Pratt
Con: Kirk Cameron
To: Jesus, Son of Joseph
Woodcrafter's Carpenter Shop
From: Jordan Management Consultants
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; and we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.
The profiles of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them carefully.
As part of our service, we make some general comments for your guidance, much as an auditor will include some general statements. This is given as a result of staff consultation, and comes without any additional fee.
It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.
Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew had been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.
One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.
We wish you every success in your new venture.
Jordan Management Consultants
Bobby Price was born and raised by Christian parents in Perrin, Texas. Bobby decided early in life to become a preacher of God's word. He attended the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas where he graduated in 2015 with his Bachelors of Biblical Studies with a focus in Congregational Ministry. Afterwards, he interned for a year at the valley view Church of Christ in Jonesboro, AR. He is currently working on his Masters of Biblical Studies, through the Sunset International Bible Institute Graduate School.