So You Think God Can’t Use You? Think Again!
“For consider your calling, brothers; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Cor. 1:26-28)
I remember playing sports and choosing teams as a young man. The best players were always chosen first. You chose the best players in order to gain the advantage over the other team and hopefully ensure victory for your side. But God is not like that. When God chooses, He does not look at what we have, but at what we don’t have. He chooses those who are needy and who have nothing to offer Him except weakness and foolishness. He picks those the world would disqualify and makes them His co-laborers; members of His team.
Note that the passage above teaches that God “chose” the foolish, the weak, and the despised. That is, He did not end up with these people because He had no option but to work with the leftovers since the “better” qualified ones were not available. No, these were the ones He actively sought out; the ones He preferred to work with.
God loves to work with those who have to look to Him for everything. He loves to work with those who come to Him empty. Why? Because their emptiness gives Him the opportunity to fill them with Himself! He loves to work with those who know they are weak because their weakness gives Him the opportunity to become their strength. He loves to work with those who know they are foolish because their foolishness gives Him the opportunity to become their wisdom. He loves to work with those who know they are common because their ordinariness gives Him the opportunity to make them noble.
I Corinthians 1:30 reads: “And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” So contrary to what you may feel, your ordinariness and your inadequacies are the very reason God has chosen you and the very reason He can use you to do some extraordinary things. God will not use any man or woman who is self-dependent. He will only use those who are humble enough to say to Him, “I have no strength, but You; no wisdom, but You; no righteousness, but You. I have nothing to offer You but weakness. But here I am anyway. Use me.”
While preaching on this subject recently, I spoke these words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
“Our weaknesses, no matter how great they might be, are but a drop in the ocean of God’s strength.”
Now, that blesses my heart! God’s power will swallow up our weaknesses and make them a non-issue. This means, whatever He has chosen to do through us, He is able to do, in spite of, and sometimes because of, our weakness.
God has chosen the weak things of the world. If you think God can’t use you, think again!
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“BUT SURELY, I WILL BE WITH YOU”:
How God Uses Weak People To Do Extraordinary Things (4-Disc Audio Series)
1. I Will Be With You
2. Take Your Stand
3. Becoming God’s Man of Valor
4. The Sword of the Lord