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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Who Do You Think You Are?

By Ken Horn
Jan. 10, 2010

You know what you’ve said and done. You know your hidden thoughts. You’re glad people don’t know everything about you. Do you have any right to think you can do something for God?

Many lives are stifled by thoughts like these. But should they be?

John’s vile tongue and debauched lifestyle earned him the title “The Great Blasphemer.” As captain of a ship transporting slaves, he oversaw unspeakable human suffering, death and delivery of human beings into a life of cruel servitude.

His life was turned around during a violent storm at sea. And his conversion to Christ lasted after his ship safely reached shore. Though he became a minister of the gospel, known for his good works, and was instrumental in bringing down the British slave trade, his past continued to haunt him throughout his life.

How could a man with such a past be used by God? That former captain, John Newton, answered that question in the words of a song he penned. You may have heard of it: “Amazing Grace.”

There was another man who was haunted by his past. The apostle Paul wrote, “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:9, NIV). He had even stood witness as Stephen, a champion of the faith, was stoned to death (Acts 7).

How could God now use him, even after his conversion (Acts 9)?

Paul’s answer was the same as Newton’s: “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me” (Ephesians 3:8). “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

If God used these two, He can use anyone. It’s all about grace. Grace to overcome the past, grace sufficient for our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9), grace to make us useful. “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” (Romans 12:6).

So who do you think you are?

Unworthy? Yes. Unable? No.

You’re forgiven and valuable … because of grace.

Ken Horn

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