A Disappointing Debut?
For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 1 Peter 2:6
For a people under persecution, surrounded on every side by opposition, I’m thinking there was a lot to be disappointed with. Perhaps they wondered what they had signed up for when they signed on with Christ. The disappointment would be devastating as employees treated them like slaves, husbands outed wives to the Roman authorities, and possessions once held were all taken away. I honestly can’t imagine the heart break these early Christians were enduring. In the middle of this the. Apostle Peter reminds them there is only One who will not disappoint and that is where we are to place our hope. Peter may have even be thinking about the ways he had disappointed himself, his fellow disciples, and most importantly Christ when He was arrested and crucified and needed him the most. Jesus saw it coming of course and told Peter before it all went down, “I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32). This is of course exactly what Peter is doing here in these letters he is writing to the saints.
Today was my debut on the floor and Im pretty sure I disappointed a. lot of people today. Not having worked at Starbucks since 2006 I was quite rusty on the espresso bar. “How many shots go in a Trenta? They didn’t even have that size back in my day. Wait, how much foam for a dry cappuccino again? You want me to do what with that pastry”? Needless to say, it may be a while before I’m crafting “inspired moments in each customer’s day”. Four weeks in as the new pastor of New Hope Legacy there’s a good possibility I’ve disappointed some folks already. Just like customers in Starbucks we all come into church with a certain set of expectations. Maybe some wanted a pastor who was not so loud and doesn’t eat so much Spam. Maybe a pastor who knows more about football and less about Star Wars? Who knows? The great thing is that the main reason I’m here as a pastor, a barista, a father, a friend is to do exactly what Peter was doing and point people to Christ. He is the only One who won’t disappoint. Peter goes on to write that it’s Jesus who is “leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (vs21). I could deliver the perfect message on Sunday and make the perfect latte on Monday, but I will never be perfect so I’m destined to disappoint if I set myself up as the answer. Thankfully, God has called me here to make much of Jesus Christ, not Jon Burgess.
I give you the places where I have disappointed myself already. All the places where I expected more of my performance and didn’t crush it. I give You all the places where, in the sifting of this season, I have let others down. Where they wanted more from me and I was not able to deliver. I pray that, like Peter, I could strengthen every person that crosses my path just as You do for me. I pray for every person who right now is serving You but feels like they have disappointed You. I pray that You would come up beside them and remind them that Your perfect love doesn’t demand a perfect person, just one willing to follow You wherever You go. For all those who have been told since they were a kid that they were a disappointment only to find life backing up that claim. From a disappointment as a spouse, a parent, an employee, a entrepreneur, a friend and more these are simply an opportunity to come back to the One who never disappoints, no matter what! It’s on the “precious cornerstone” that everything leans! Therein is the freedom in today’s verse! I get to lean on You and point others to do the same!