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  • Writer's pictureJohn Kim

Nitwit Disciples

Luke 22:33 “Lord I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered “I tell you Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” I’ve often heard people say something like “God will only give you what you can handle.” But that hasn’t been my experience, and I don’t think it’s consistent with what we see in scripture. If He only gave Moses what he could handle, God might have said “ok you don’t speak so well, so let’s forget that plan I had for you to lead Israel out of Egypt.” He might have said to David “well you’re just a shepherd boy, so yeah… maybe you’re not really cut out to slay Goliath and become King.” The disciples were basically nitwits, and Peter stood at the top of the list. If God gave Peter only what he could handle, God would not have made him the first head of the church. He would not have given him power to heal just by having his shadow fall in the sick and the lame. He would not have taken the faith-lacking man who denied his savior three times and made him one of the greatest examples of faith in all history. If God gives you only what you can handle, and you do a good job of it, who gets the credit? “John did a good job with that task that God gave him. John’s a good guy.” But if God gives you something that you absolutely can not handle, that only He can handle… who gets credit? “Man that is just so supernaturally insane that there’s no question God did that.” If you’re called only to what you think you can handle today, maybe it’s worth asking God what else he might have in store. Many of us avoid asking the question because we’re afraid of what God might call us to. But when He calls you, He equips you. The victory has already been won, because of what he’s done on the cross. So what’s there to lose? Lord please help me think bigger today. As I get aligned more with your heart I realize that I can never outdream the ultimate dreamer. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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