Our Shortcomings

The Sower by Vincent Van Gogh“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.” ~ Ephesians 1: 7-8

“Can we pull our truck in your driveway?”

I was just bringing our mail in from the mailbox when a woman approached me from our neighbor’s house. Her son was dismantling the solar water heater on their roof.

“Sure,” I said and I stopped and chatted with her. As her friendly conversation went on, I became more distracted as I internally debated what to do. I didn’t turn the conversation to spiritual things like I often do, nor did I take the round-trip journey of fifty steps to pick up a tract from the little stack I keep by our front door.

Several times that week I didn’t try to share Christ when I had the opportunity.

I knew God would probably use someone else in this woman’s life. I also knew that the longer I ignored opportunities from God, the sooner they would dry up; I  wondered how God felt about me and my reluctance.

At the end of that week our pastor taught us from Ephesians, explaining the meaning of “trespasses”: incomplete obedience, falling short of the mark, shortcomings.

Ephesians 1: 7-8 took on a whole new meaning for me as I realized God’s complete cleansing for my failures. I know I can trust Him for His strength to obey when He gives more opportunities to tell others about how awesome He is.

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