Do you ever wish you were someone important, famous, powerful, influential? Do you ever wish you were a someone?
Maybe there is that funny laugh you have or your anger issue.
Perhaps you don’t feel you look good enough or can’t speak well in front of others.
Sometimes you think you aren’t smart enough or you realize you are always making mistakes you just shouldn’t make.
I know those feelings. And when I think about how much I am NOT… I don’t think God could ever use me.
But scripture is full of examples of God using the have-nots, the underdogs, the unpopular, the unexpected, the weak, and the mistake makers…
Take Paul for example.(Seriously, did she just say Paul? How in the world does Paul fall into this category. I mean it is PAUL after all, you know, writer of a WHOLE lot of the New Testament.) Yep, I said Paul. Take Paul for example.
Here is what Paul said about himself in 2 Corinthians 12, “I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul was weak, he begged God to take away his weakness. But God didn’t. In fact God said His power was made perfect in weakness.
So if you are thinking that IF ONLY you could get over your weaknesses, your faults, your shortcomings that THEN God could use you… well, maybe you are waiting for the wrong thing. God used Paul in his weakness. God can use you in yours.
God can use even me…
God can use even you…