DEVOTIONAL (April 2 – May 7, 2018): “We’re Not Worthy”

by Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “As John finished his work, he said, ‘Who do you suppose I am?  I am not the one you are looking for.  But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'” – Acts 13:25

Reflection: Working for a pro-life cause can be a struggle!  The work that we do each day is very counter-cultural.  And it is directly opposed to the designs of our enemy, who wants a culture of death to be accepted by everyone. 

But it’s our God who has called us to do this work, and it’s good for us to remember, like John did, that we are His instruments in accomplishing His will.  We “prepare the way” in the hearts of those we talk to each day for the work that God wants to do in their lives.  We are unworthy instruments, of course.  None of us “deserve” to do this important work of saving lives.  On the other hand, it is a high and holy calling that He’s given us.

As C.S. Lewis said, the fact that we are sinners called to His service is “both honor enough to raise the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth.”  It is good for us to remember that we are voices crying out in the wilderness, protecting the vulnerable, and preparing the way for God’s work in the lives of those we speak to.

Call to Action: This week, challenge yourself to spend time in His presence, reminding yourself of your great worth and your great need for His work in us, without which the work that we do is empty.  Then, pray over this great mission, and ask God to bless and protect it, not for our glory, but for His.