I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic … I mean a LOT! I suppose it stems from retirement, recent opportunities, and the loss of a dear friend. What I’ve come up with is a 360-degree change from how I used to think.
I used to believe the skills that qualify us for success are from years of hard work through the rank and file of academic degrees, military prowess, etc. But let’s face it … there are a multitude of skills that are gifts, incapable of being taught … leadership, empathy, wisdom, life experiences, just to name a few.
As I think about it, the answer to my question is YES, God can use someone like me – as long as I have breath in my body and am willing to be used, God can use me. To be honest, you don’t even have to be human – God even used a donkey to prophesy (Numbers 22:21-31).
The good news for all of us is God doesn’t review resumes – He prepares who He calls. All He wants is a willing heart and he can and will do wonders through that heart. God always uses the underdog to accomplish His plans. Throughout the Bible God uses the least likely of people to accomplish His plans – but the best thing about God is he loves working outside the box!
So the next time you feel God can’t possibly use you – remember: Noah was a drunk; Abraham was too old; Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly; Joseph was abused; Moses stuttered; Gideon was afraid; Samson was a womanizer; Rahab was a prostitute; David was an adulterer and murderer; Elijah was suicidal; Jonah ran away from God; Job went bankrupt; Peter denied Christ; Martha worried about everything; the Samaritan woman was divorced; Zacchaeus was too small; Paul was too religious; Timothy had an ulcer; and Lazarus was dead!
How’s that for qualifiers?
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”