In amazement and in AWE of God I stand. When God chooses you to do what He’s called you to do, knowing you don’t deserve His grace or His mercy. Yet, “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1 Corinthians 1:27)
John MacArthur in his book Twelve Ordinary Men states this “What qualified the disciples to be apostles? Obviously it was not any intrinsic ability or outstanding talent of their own. The were Galileans. They were not the elite. Galileans were deemed low-class rural, uneducated people. They were commoners – nobodies. But again, they were not selected because they were any more distinguished or more talented than others in Israel at that time.
Many Christians become discouraged and disheartened when their spiritual life and witness suffer because of sin or failure. We tend to think we’re worthless nobodies – and left to ourselves, that would be true! But worthless nobodies are just the kind of people God uses, because that is all He has to work with.
Satan may even attempt to convince us that our shortcomings render us useless to God and to His church. But Christ’s choice of the apostles testifies to the fact that God can use unworthy and the unqualified. He can use nobodies. They turned the world upside down, these twelve (Acts 17:6). It was not because they had extraordinary talents, unusual intellectual abilities, powerful political influence, or some special social status. They turned the world upside down because God worked in them to do it.
God chooses the humble, the lowly, the meek, and the weak so that there’s never any question about the source of power when their lives change the world. It’s not the man; it’s the truth of God and the power of God in the man.”
I thank my God for choosing me to serve at Greater Community First Baptist Church. I thank the members of “Greater” for seeing the Christ within me and in my life that would cause them to want to follow. So I bow in humble submission to the will of God.
Lord because you give pastors according to your heart, which shall feed the people with knowledge and understanding. I pray as Solomon prayed in 1 Kings 3:8-9 “Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” With God on my side “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”