“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 1:27-29)
Do you ever feel like you’re just a little too ordinary to accomplish anything great for the Kingdom of God? That your life is a composite of the routine and unremarkable, with no great exploits or conquests, causing trumpets to blast or angels to rejoice? Well, I’m not sure that having the previous experience of great exploits and conquests is an important item on our resume for Kingdom service.
After all, God chose a little shepherd boy , named David, to slay a huge giant. While others in his own family looked at him and saw just a young son, or a pesky kid brother, God looked at him and saw a king. He was “the chosen one” from among the older, stronger, more experienced, of Jesse’s sons. Why? Because God saw beyond what was, to what He knew could be . . . He used a young, orphaned girl named Esther, providentially placing her as a servant in the court of King Xerxes. Eventually He brought her to the throne, as the Queen of Persia, in a unique position to save her entire nation of Israel from annihilation! . . . Jesus took notice of a scruffy bunch of poor, uneducated fishermen, calling them to follow Him, and used them to turn the Roman world upside down . . . Then there was that memorable day on the hillside when, bringing a little boy with a small lunch to His side, He took that “lunch for one” and fed the multitudes with it, demonstrating that truly, little is much when God is in it!
So, what does He have for us to do? Our lack of experience, past history, weaknesses, and circumstances aren’t disqualifiers. His sovereignty and grace cover it all. “… He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’ “ (2 Corinthians 12:9 – emphases mine) Did you hear what Paul said here? “I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. “
Filling up a resume with a list of lofty personal accomplishments may impress a future employer, but it can be a hindrance to our being used of God as He desires. If there are any worthwhile accomplishments to be made in my life, may they be wrought through the mighty working of God in my weakness, that when all is said and done, I may boast in Jesus, the One who turns water into wine, shepherd boys into kings, and my weaknesses into His strength. To Him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen!
That’s the view from here . . .