Compiled for your consideration is a short list of rejected ideas for radio programs :
Dial-up Modem Symphonies
Mollusks, Tubers and Inert gases – a conspiracy?
Meeting of the Mimes
Huh … I wonder why they never caught on?
Back in high school and college I had a couple of stints as a radio DJ. If it hadn’t been for the fact that I was willing to work for free I never would have made it onto those extremely small stations. It was fun, but I don’t know if I could have made it as a professional. Like writing, radio’s a tough medium to get into. At least it’s tough to make a living at it. Profitable radio is elusive.
Jesus tells us of a way to make a profit that lasts a lot longer than a paycheck, though. It’s called following him:
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38.)
When Jesus asks what someone could possibly give in exchange for his or her own soul, he’s pointing out that getting in good with God is beyond our bank account, beyond our abilities. But it is not beyond the realm of possibilities.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:3-9.)
It’s all about God’s grace, giving us a right relationship with him even though what we deserve under our own efforts is wrath, so that we don’t have to work hard or come up with great plans or earn our way to heaven or anything. In Jesus, God expresses kindness, not wrath. And did you notice how this passage speaks of God’s work in his people as already having happened? God’s people are already raised up with Jesus and already seated with him in the heavenly realms!
There may be times when you feel as worthless and out-of-place as those awful ideas for radio programs up above, but God never considers you worthless (Romans 8:1) and you always have a place with him. (John 10:27-30.) Satan wants to tell you differently – to accuse you of being worthless, a bad idea, a reject – but he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44.) Don’t listen to him! Turn to the one who gives freely and without finding any fault in you whatsoever, our loving heavenly Father. (James 1:5.)
The Lord our God is eternally awesome, and he thinks you are eternally wonderful.
Questions to consider:
How would your life look different if you always remembered in each moment of the day that God loves you unconditionally and never condemns you?
What would people think about God if they saw his people living out this incredible love?