For as long as I can remember, the emphasis of most of Christian preaching and evangelism is to get people to believe in God. Our salvation and our spiritual growth is a factor of our ability to believe, and our lack of growth or confidence spiritually is usually tied to our inability to believe. But what about the reverse of this? What about God’s belief in us? Is there such a thing? What would it do for you if you knew that God believed in you? Well, He does.
When Jesus called His twelve disciples, He said, “Come follow me,” and by asking them to follow Him, He was placing faith in them. It was common for rabbis in that time to pick their students, and they typically chose only the best. That’s why for Jesus to choose a bunch of common fishermen and a tax collector to be on His team, He was turning the system on its head. By this He was saying, “You’re my best; I believe in you. I am going to change the world with you guys!”
Because we have the benefit of scriptural hindsight, we can see that in choosing these guys, it wasn’t so much their abilities He was after as much as it was their availability, since most of what He ended up accomplishing through them was done through the power of His Holy Spirit in their lives.
As a matter of fact, Jesus picked unlikely characters (just as He does today) so that people will watch what they do in and through His strength and scratch their heads, saying, “Who are these guys anyway?” Well here’s the answer to that: They are people He believes in – people who will do what He says in spite of themselves, and reach out for Him when they need to.
If you are a believer today, it’s because God believes in you. He picked you out of a crowd and said, “Come follow me.” And like Peter, He’ll stick with you even through your lapses. He wouldn’t have chosen you if he didn’t know that you could cut it. What a vote of confidence we have! What strength of character that can give us!
Think of it today when you need fresh courage to overcome a barrier or tackle something new. Think about the fact that God believes in you. He wouldn’t have picked you if He didn’t know you could do it.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).
See what I mean? You can do this. So can I!