July 18, 2006
"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him." (1 Corinthians 1: 26-29)
I am on an at-home vacation this week. God is renewing my mind, my body and my spirit by His love, His molding, shaping, and His pruning. Please pray that the Lord would continue to work in me, with me and through me in a way that will bring glory to His name. I share with you one of my favorite little blurbs below, as a reminder that God can use each and every one of us, no matter our faults, our neurosis, our failures or our shortcomings. Enjoy!!
Sometimes do you ever wonder why God called you to do something for Him? There are many reasons why God shouldn?t have called you, or me, or anyone else for that matter, but God doesn?t wait until we are perfect to call us. Think of all those God used. You?re in good company if you think you aren?t ready for God to use you.
Abraham lied. Sarah laughed at God?s promises.
Moses stuttered. David?s armor didn?t fit.
John Mark was rejected by Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea?s wife was a prostitute.
Amos? only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Jesus was too poor.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer.
So was Moses.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wort.
Mary may have been lazy.
Samson had long hair.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul and lots of folks.
But God doesn?t hire and fire like most bosses because He?s more like our Dad than a boss. He doesn?t look at financial gain or loss. He?s not prejudiced or partial, nor sassy and brassy, nor deaf to our cry. He?s not blind to our faults. His gifts to us are free. We could do wonderful things for others and still not be wonderful ourselves. Satan says, ?You?re not worthy!? Jesus says, ?So what? I AM.? Satan looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the Cross.
Have a great week!