Jesus, on several occasions, tried to stretch the apostles’ faith. After His departure from the earth, He needed men who would believe Him in impossible situations, for He was asking them to do the unthinkable: twelve men would head up the task of taking the gospel message to the entire world. When we see the apostles huddled in fear after Christ’s crucifixion, we wonder if they could ever be a winning team. But with God, nothing is impossible; however, we must keep God in the equation. Too often we don’t; rather, we go it alone. And in the process, we sometimes stumble. And when we do so, we judge ourselves as no longer useful to God. The good news? You, no matter your circumstances, still matter to God.
In Larry Arrowood’s book of twenty-five sermons, the readers are inspired to stretch their faith, dig deeper, and serve better. Each of us matter greatly in growing Christ’s kingdom on earth and in helping others prepare for Christ’s eternal kingdom called heaven.