“I’m the weakest in my school. I’m always the object of scorn and mockery in my class. I have a low self-esteem. God certainly can’t use me”, these are the excuses most people give in order to avoid the calling of God on their life. To tell you the truth, I’ve been there before, and this feeling remained with me till God transformed my life with a spiritual revelation of his word. I no longer look down on myself, but whether you look down on your self or not, God can certainly use you. God can use anybody
Search through the scriptures, and you’ll realize that most of the mighty men used by God felt incapable at a point in time. I have a tall list of them. I’ll give you just a gist. The prophet Jeremiah, when God called him, felt he couldn’t meet the task because he was too young (Jeremiah 1:6). When God called Gideon, he gave an excuse that he was from the smallest tribe of Israel and was the least amongst that tribe. What he meant therefore was that he was the most insignificant person of the most unimportant tribe of Israel. In order words, he was the least important person in Israel and hence the last person God could use. Talk about Moses, who did miraculous signs and wonders. Bringing plagues upon God’s enemies and scattering them far and wide. This was the man who interacted face to face with God and saw his glory. In fact, the book of Deuteronomy ends by saying that:
“And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,…”
Do you know that Moses also gave serious excuses to God when he was called? He felt he was not fluent enough to lead God’s people. As a mater of fact, he ignored God’s instruction to the point where God was angered and almost killed his son. (Exodus: 4:24) None of these men were of noble birth, or exceptional human beings, as Paul puts it:.
“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 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. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no-one may boast before him.”
1 Corinthians 1: 26 – 30
It is therefore in God’s plan to use such people; in fact, God is more pleased to use such people because it is in our weaknesses that his strength is made manifest.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2nd Corinthians 12:9
My fellow readers, I want to assure you that, you are in fact at an advantage in your weakness and you have a higher chance of been chosen by God to do his work than anybody else. When people excuse themselves with their weaknesses, I understand how they feel because I’ve been there before. Most people see me as a role model, however it has not always been like this. I’ve also struggled in this area, but I trusted in God, and today my life is a blessing to the millions out there. Whoever you are, wherever you are, Cheer up! And don’t give up! In fact, God is more willing to use us than we are to work for him. For Jesus himself noted that:
“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. “ Mathew 9:37.
God is therefore in need of more workers. To all my readers, seek God’s strength, for it’s not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of God. God richly bless you, comments are welcome.
About the Author: I'm Yaw Ansong, founder and CEO of LoveRealm ministry, a Christian technology network. You can find us on the web at www.LoveRealm.org