Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues

Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues

I started re-reading Paul’s letter to the Galatians last week, and something struck me. I don’t know how many times I’ve read Galatians, and I don’t know why this never hit me until now. But the Bible is like that. You’ve probably read this, too. He starts off like this: 

Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…

Notice his choice of words right here in verse 1; “sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father…” Paul was, to steal a quote from the Blues Brothers, on a mission from God. Like you probably did, I pretty much skipped over that verse when I first read it. Which is pretty typical for the first few verses of most of Paul’s letters, right? We skip over as if to say, “Come on Paul, get to the good stuff.”

The Good Stuff

It doesn’t take long. And this is where it hit me. In verse 6 he writes:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all.

Now, what struck me was not the fact that Paul was chiding the Galatians for turning away from the Gospel. What hit me was the intensely direct manner at which he hit them upside the head with it. We are just a few sentences into the letter and after thanking God and talking about the character of God, he jumps right into, “Guys, what the heck?”

As I continued reading, it was so evident to see Paul’s character and voice come through these words. Perhaps it’s because I just finished reading Nehemiah, which is written in a completely different tone, but the contrast was so great, I saw Paul in a whole new light. 

The Tech Connection

At this point, you may have wondered if you stumbled onto ChurchTheology instead of ChurchTechArts, but hold on, there’s a payoff here. As we read Paul’s letters, we can see that while God changed Paul from an arrogant, Christian-persecuting jerk, he left some of his personality in tact. Paul is direct, tenacious, plain spoken and downright forceful when need be. 

Think about how powerful it is that God chose someone who was hell-bent on destroying the church to build the church. As I read Paul’s writings, I can hear his passion, his love for God’s people. God chose Paul because God was going to need someone who could put up with criticism, complaints, hardship and a whole lot of skepticism from others that he was chosen by God. Paul was the man for the job. 

You Are the Man for the Job, Too

Or woman. We are equal opportunity. God called you into your role as a technical artist in His church because of who you are. One time, my friend Roy told me that it was God who gave me this crazy over-clocked brain that could process so much data and see things before they were real. He made me this way, then chose me for this task. 

And the same is true for you. God chose you for role you are in because He needed you there. Sometimes as tech guys (and girls), we can feel like no one really notices us, that we’re disposable, or someone out there is a lot better at this job than us. And while it’s probably true that there is someone better out there (there almost always is), you are where you are supposed to be. Your personality, your gifting, your skill set is what is needed right where you are. 

Have you ever thought of that? Have you ever considered that you are right where God wants you? And that He chose you—specifically—for the role you are fulfilling? You don’t need to be more like me, the TD at the big church across town or the country or anyone else. You need to be more like you. Sure, learn skills, improve your capabilities, but you are there because God needs you there. 

Spend some time this week considering your calling. How can you be more available to God in your service to Him?

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