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“Blessed are those who realize their need for God, for theirs is the Kingdom.” [Matthew 5:3]
Before I became a student pastor, I delivered pizza for Domino’s and Pizza Hut. I guess you could say I was a pro. I made more in tips at Domino’s, but preferred getting the free pizza from Pizza Hut. Both companies desperately fought over me as I stirred much controversy in the delivery pizza scene in Nashville. Actually in reality, neither company was that psyched about having me on stuff because of my terrible sense of direction. But since most of the other employees I worked with just as unreliable as me, they were stuck with the Sarge!
Since this was before smartphones were much of a thing, I didn’t have GPS at my expense. Instead, I had to depend on a large map that was taped to the wall in the back of the store. It was a little embarassing that I still had to check the map even after several weeks of delivering and driving on the same roads. The other drivers could just look at the address and hop out the door, swiftly delivering the fresh pizza pie in timely fashion.
Trying to keep my pride, I found myself skipping the map and just guessing a lot of times with the directions. As a result, I probably got lost about 60% of the time. The only way I could bail myself out was to call the customer and ask them for directions. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard for you to ask for help sometimes. Because that’s admitting that you can’t do it on your own…that you’re inadequate. So maybe like me, you just try to figure it out.
In order for us to be used by God though, it starts with us realizing how much we really need him and that we are completely lost without him. It starts with us recognizing that we will always fall short, but God will always reach down and pull us up. If we let him!
Personal Application – On a scale from 1 to 10, how dependent are you on God right now? Highlight the area in your life that you most struggle to ask God for help. This is probably where you need him the most!
Family Application – Ask your family/ friends the same question. Take a few minutes and share if there are any ways that you can better support one another this week.
Written by Stephen