Friday, January 23, 2009

God Uses Weak People

Did you know God uses weak people? Sure, He uses strong people but He also uses weak people.

Instead of hiding our weaknesses we should learn to recognize them. Because it is only there that we really get to know ourselves. Not only that, it is there that God can do His greatest work in you.

Of all people who God could have called into full time vocational ministry, I would have considered myself least likely:
  • I didn’t come from a long line of preachers in the family tree. As far as I know, I am the only one
  • As a kid I was pretty shy, except within a close circle of friends
  • My people skills were not that good
  • As a young adult I was terrified of public speaking. The thought of speaking in front of a group of people would bring me nausea. I would be sick for days at a time
  • I didn’t become a believer until I was in my mid-20s, which meant I didn’t know anything about the Bible. Nothing
  • Not to mention my personal insecurities

Yet, God called me.

The Apostle Paul even admitted he had a serious weakness. He identified it as a thorn in the flesh, which is further described as a messenger of Satan (2 Cor.12:7-10). This weakness, whatever is was, caused Paul great limitations. Yet, God called him and used him.

The Bible is full of examples of how God uses imperfect, ordinary people to do extraordinary things in spite of their weaknesses.

This includes you.