"Good For Something"
November 6, 2010
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Things don't often get to me but the other day in a restaurant, I found myself really getting upset.
I overheard a father angrily and quite cruelly say to his son, "What good are you?"
The boy, who had just spilled his soft drink, mumbled, "Nothing, I guess."
Since then I've thought a lot about that conversation. I've wondered, "What are any of us good for?" Every day, each of us does a lot of things that are wrong. What good are we?
Thankfully, there is a better answer than, "I'm good for nothing."
To the question "What good are we for?" the Lord supplies an answer. It's an answer we need to hear.
If we listen, we can hear Him say, "I'll tell you what you're good for. You're good for loving and for saving. That's why I sent My Son to take your place under the Law; it is why He died and it's why He rose."
And if anybody wonders what God is good for, there is an answer.
True, the list is a long one, but high on that list is having the capacity to love people who make major mistakes. God continues to love people when they sin, when they make mistakes, when they stumble and fall.
Now, experience tells me it's quite possible that many of the Daily Devotion readers may feel they're good for nothing. Your boss, your home life, and every chance encounter on the street may make you feel you're a big zero.
If that's the case, I hope you think upon the Lord, who tells us, "You're good for loving."
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to be my Savior. May I see in Him the greatness of Your grace and the wonders of Your love. This I ask in the Name of my Redeemer. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries