Those of you who have been with me from the very beginning of my blogging adventure will know that I have never, ever, EVER had somebody guest post on my blog before. I've always felt like this blog is the story of our family's journey; of our struggles and successes and how the Lord has poured out Grace on us. How can anyone else tell that story? But today I am inviting our first ever guest blogger… Darlene Schacht from Time-Warp Wife. Darlene is my online friend and my in-real-life friend. And she has a beautiful heart that seeks God in all life has to offer. Enjoy her post! Oh! And tomorrow I'll be giving away a copy of her new book! Be sure to come back to enter!
The other day a friend from church told me that according to the grape vine, she wasn’t good enough to be in ministry. She had an undeniable calling from the Lord, but hearing those words coming from one of her peers was like a kick in the gut.
She’s the sweetest girl you’ll ever see with the biggest heart you’ll ever find, but as odd as it might seem, the girl did have a point—she isn’t good enough.
The thing is that none of us are. Not one.
Sure we definitely need to be walking in faith according to God’s will. That’s a must.
But our righteousness must be found in God alone.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. – Philippians 2:13
God uses those who are broken to display His grace. When we are weak, He is strong. The entire church was built by many who “shouldn't be in ministry” by the standards of this world.
One of the biggest fears that I had when I stepped into ministry was that God couldn’t use someone who was broken and tarnished like me. I wasn’t qualified to lead other women when I had failed so miserably myself.
Finally one day I was sitting alone in my living room when I felt a nudge from the Lord.
He led me to the story of Peter, one of the twelve disciples, who was passionate to serve Jesus. He reminded me of the incredible leader that Peter was when in Matthew chapter sixteen, Jesus said, “That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
He showed me how Peter, who with passionate faith once walked upon the water to meet Jesus, was the same Peter who fell asleep after His Lord had instructed him to watch and wait.
And that this man who declared, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will,” was the same man who denied him three times that very night just hours before His death.
And through his teaching, God taught me that grace is for sinners.
Insecurity is something that we all struggle with. Satan's is sure to remind us that grace isn't the root of our ministry. He wants to tear down the work God is doing not build it up.
But here’s the thing, God is calling sinners to repentance. And He’s calling those same sinners to further the gospel. He’s using every cracked vessel to further the gospel so that through our weakness His grace abounds all the more.
And [to] be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: – Philippians 3:9
Check out Darlene’s new book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages