…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:2-3, NIV
Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. – I Corinthians 1:22-25, NIV
God glories in the dramatic inversion. He takes those the world discards and uses them to bring a revolution. God brings forth beauty from ashes and glory from shame–even the shame of the cross.
As an evangelical minister, I felt like Satan threw everything and the kitchen sink to destroy me and any future ministry I might have. I am convinced he was aiming to kill me or minimally disqualify me from the ministry. Boy, did he underestimate my God!
Today, I glory in what some ministers consider their shame–i.e their divorced status. I am Divorce Minister.
I am divorced.
I am a minister.
And I minister to those who have had their hearts broken through the betrayal of adultery.
Far from disqualifying me, God inverted Satan’s orders and used the fire to uniquely qualify me as an evangelical minister to speak into this area of much need. I have authority to speak about the Gospel as I can testify how it literally saved my life. I have authority to talk about the devastation of adultery as I survived my ex’s infidelity. I have authority to speak to unhelpful and unbiblical religious approaches to adultery and divorce as I experienced these firsthand.
And far from trashing my credentials and teaching me that my years in school were for naught, I walk forth in ministry with impeccable credentials from Carleton, Yale, and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Plus, I have a wonderful job as a professional chaplain giving comfort to those in need. All these qualify me professionally to speak as a pastor and chaplain in to the subject of adultery and divorce.
God glories in the inversion.
The plot twist.
He is a dramatic God.
No matter where you are in your life.
The best chapters are yet to come…
Let God write your dramatic inversion!
We all now know He loves doing just that.