Oh, how I’m thankful God can use misfits!!
That we don’t need to be perfect or always “have it together” to serve in ministry. No, miraculously the God of the Universe can, and does, use the ordinary to extract the extraordinary!
And he doesn’t even use animals (save for a significant whale and a key donkey mentioned in the bible) to accomplish great things. Amazingly enough, God uses people. Sinful, fallen, humans, but nonetheless — PEOPLE!
This week in our P31 Online Bible Study with Renee Swope, we are examining several “when-then” statements found in Chapter 12 of A Confident Heart. Truthful passages from God’s word to counter the lies floating around our heads.
In our OBS Leaders discussion yesterday, someone else mentioned the idea of being a misfit and several of us chimed in that we’re so thankful God takes each of us as we are. (And I have the fantabulous Debbie Williams to thank for the above PicMonkey image!)
Because when I am feeling like the token “mayor of Schmuckville,” (as I sometimes deem myself!) … then God says, “I designed you uniquely with talents and abilities that nobody else has.” This brought to mind the verse 2 Corinthians chapter twelve, verse 9, which says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” INDEED!
When I don’t understand what God is up to because life feels so challenging … then I can trust God knows all, and sees all, and nothing in my life is wasted. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
When I’m afraid that people and things I’ve been praying about are never going to change … then I can trust God is still in the business of miracles. Job 5:9 says, “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”
When I’m worried about my husband’s business and our finances … then I can remember God says He will provide for all of our needs. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
When I feel like I don’t measure up to my acquaintances’ standards of performance … when I think the “mean girls” are going to win … then I can take comfort in knowing God says I am #priceless, and that I have great worth apart from my performance, and apart from others’ opinions of me. “But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that!” (Colossians 1:22, The Message)
Oh, thank you, Jesus, for loving me enough to use the biggest misfits and then some!
Today, I am mindful of the great misfits in the scriptures. Moses was a murderer. Rahab was a prostitute. King David was an adulterer. Matthew was a tax collector. Paul was a bigot. And Jesus was “just a poor carpenter’s son”. Lord, those people had PROBLEMS! =)
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 reminds us God reaches out to all of us, despite our past “issues” in life. So I thank You, Lord, for using misfits like me!
What about you? What are your when-then statements? Ever felt like a misfit? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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