When I catch myself dumbly questioning why God does what he does I remember this story. It is a remarkable illustration that God, ON PURPOSE, uses what the world sees as useless, inferior and what should be throw away to show His glory.
Jordan Management Consultants’ Assessment of Jesus’ Disciples
Jesus, son of Joseph
Woodcrafter, Carpenter’s Shop
Thank you for submitting the résumés of the 12 men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken a battery of tests and we have run them through our computers. It is the staffs’ opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, educational and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would suggest that you continue your search for persons with experience and proven capability.
Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has no leadership skills at all. The 2 brothers, James and John, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to inform you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James and Thaddeus have radical leanings and registered high manic-depressive scores. Only one of the candidates shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness who meets people well and has a keen business mind. He has contacts in high places and is highly motivated, ambitious and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. We wish you every success in your new venture.
Jordan Management Consultants
When we decide to put “labels” on others we should all be very careful. I know many times God has shown me a lesson or two, well maybe quite a few J, that His ways are truly higher than our ways and for me to never judge lest I be judged. All of us have worth. Due to the lessons of life narrowing and skewing our view we constantly go around labeling and judging those that do not fit into our mold of “acceptable”.
God is the potter and we are His clay. He works with our imperfections creating vessels that can be useful. He is the Artist with a pure and exceptional eye for what true beauty is. Let us also be mindful of the fact that at one time or another in our lives we have had to endure the criticism of others. The judgement and pain of rejection. I plead with myself and you that if you have ever been provided a trial that you have had to endure that you not let those experiences harden you, but rather use them as an opportunity to sympathize with those suffering the same afflictions. We all hurt and we all have experiences that through our survival we are able to help lift up and be a comfort to our brothers and sisters in need.
So the next time you or I decide to take a seat and place someone on our flawed Potter’s Wheel, let us step back and remember that we are ALL clay in His hands.
Be Forever Blessed,