I have a feeling that God might be prompting you to do some great things…Yet, you’re scared. You’re nervous. You think that you don’t have what it takes. God doesn’t usually call people to easy jobs. Try finding someone who ever felt competent for the service God demanded of him or her.
Mary was troubled!
Paul was terrified!
Callings rattle cages and rock boats. Calls shatter illusions of complacency, comfort, and ease. They sometimes startle and confuse; they provoke and prod. God often calls the overwhelmed, the reluctant, and the mystified. “You’ve got to be kidding, God. You must have me confused with someone bigger, better, smarter, faster, and more spiritual.”
You might feel like you don’t have what it takes make a difference in this world. If so, you’re in great company.
Noah was a drunk. Abraham was too old. Isaac was a daydreamer. Jacob was a liar. Leah was ugly. Joseph was abused. Moses had a sttt, sttuu, stuttering problem. Gideon was afraid. Samson was a womanizer. Rahab was a prostitute. Jeremiah and Timothy were too young. David had an affair and was a murderer. Elijah was suicidal. Isaiah preached naked. Jonah ran from God. Naomi was a widow. Job went bankrupt. Peter denied Christ. The Disciples fell asleep while praying. Marthaworried about everything. The Samaritan woman was divorced. Zaccheaus was vertically challenged. Paul killed Christians. Timothy had an ulcer. Lazarus was DEAD!
In 1 Corinthians 1:26-28, the Apostle Paul reminds us by saying…
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak thinks of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not to bring to nothing the things that are…
So, from this passage, what kind of person does God use mightily?
He doesn’t use the wise, mighty or noble. But rather the foolish, the weak, the ordinary and the despised!
Next, Paul continues with his explanation of the kind of person that God uses by giving us an insight into his inner world of doubt and fear as a leader.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 says…
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4And my speech and my preaching were notwith persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
You might feel a bit weak. Great! You’re the perfect candidate for God to use!
You might have real fears. Outstanding! Now’s the time to apply godly courage!
You might go into this trembling. Wonderful! Wobbly walking is better than confident sitting!
What are you going to do TODAY to change the world? How can you help someone? Who, specifically, is God putting on your heart to encourage, teach, inspire, challenge, rebuke, and train? How can you help those closest to you TODAY? Don’t put it off. Don’t make excuses any more. Today is your day!
Now go make a difference!