Before I get into this post, please read my previous post. It is the foundation for today’s message. Here is the link, Two people, a bus, and a gift.
A through P. That marks my progress so far this year. Today is about the letter Q. This one was more difficult than most of the others. But as I typed the last post, a seed of an idea started to grow. Again, Two people, a bus, and a gift was the beginning and now it will continue.
My best friend is computer/IT guy.
I have a friend who is a medical doctor.
I have another friend who is a financial planner.
My wife is a graphic designer.
My pastor is also my mentor.
What do these people have in common? They are all qualified.
The Word – qualified
The Worth – In any type of setting where a person is receiving something, it is important that the giver is qualified.
In no way would I go to the doctor for a surgery unless I knew that he/she was trained and educated to do the procedure!
It would not make sense to take advice from someone unless they have experience and knowledge in the specific area in which I need advice.
You know what? God is qualified.
That begs the question, “What is God qualified to do?”
The short answer is that He can do anything because He is God.
But the specific answer is that God is qualified to forgive me and you.
Hebrews 9 talks about the superior quality of Christ’s blood over the blood of goats, calves, etc. that were used in sacrificing. Reading the whole chapter would be better because of the context but I will put verse 12 here for now.
Hebrews 9:12 “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”
The blood of animals was temporary. It did not last. In essence, the animal blood was not qualified to take away sin. But Jesus, who was perfect, eternal, and human, was uniquely qualified for the task of removing sin.
I like that phrase, uniquely qualified. It would be good to remember it.
The Work – Because God is passionate about loving us and Jesus is qualified to remove our sins, we don’t need to try to save ourselves! We can’t do it anyway! Our good works and the like are not qualified to save us.
What we can do is accept this truth by faith. We can rest in the knowledge that God has taken care of everything. His life can flow through us everyday!
Make and spend time with Him today. Thank Him that He is qualified!
And you know what that means? We are now qualified!
When, by faith, we accept His sacrifice, we are now seen as righteous!
We become His tool on earth for His work and His kingdom!
So go out and live purposely because you are qualified to do so!