Today we do background checks and require applications of our "workers." I don't really have a problem with that. This is, indeed, a different world than that first century church occupied. There are dangerous people who could harm others with the banner of ministry if they were so inclined. I have filled out an application myself in our church, to teach a lifegroup. I didn't mind. I considered it a good opportunity to reflect on where I am in life and what God has done for me. In a way, that application became my own epistle. I'm happy to tell you, I got the job. I am allowed to be an official Metrosouth lifegroup leader.
Of course, had my application been rejected, I am not so sure I'd be applauding the process.
It makes me ask, who do we reject?
The guy who is a recovering addict? The never-married mom?
How about the clearly undisciplined one who does not take care of his body as a temple of the Holy Spirit a.k.a. the obese guy.
Do the married couple spotted bickering in a local restaurant get the stamp of approval?
Jesus required willingness of heart and submission of spirit to His Lordship. But what about the woman who has both of those and a life of chaos to boot?
I am not writing this because I have the answers. I just wonder where that line is, that a person becomes undesirable to work for Jesus.
And what can they do to fix it?
1 Corinthians 1:26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,