Not the End of the StoryAudio / Produced by The High Calling
They were eleven friends, and they blew the friendship. Jesus poured three years into them, taught them great truths—let them into his very heart . But when popular opinion turned, when crowds grew angry, and the authorities put Jesus to death . . . where were the fast friends? Scattered. Lying low.
Still, with this flawed few—this band of bungling brothers—the Son of God planted his church.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. The people you love—and pour yourself into—will let you down. Be assured: you'll disappoint them too. Thankfully, we worship a God of second chances! The Church grows by graciousness, and so do the people around us . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:22-23)