The Chosen Rejects
Have you always thought that those that God calls into His work are some special people with special gifts? In the Scriptures we discover that the Lord calls those the world has rejected, seen to be nothing or worth less than nothing and turned them into awesome instruments in His hands. Judges 11 opened with an account about a man named Jephthah. Despite the fact that he was a great warrior, he was rejected and driven from his inheritance because his mother was a prostitute. He became a bandit and a wanderer in his father’s land! We find others like Moses who was a shepherd. One would wonder why the Lord did not call him when he still had influence and lived in the palace. He did not because no man will have grounds to claim His glory. We find men like Gideon that heaven regarded as a mighty man but he saw himself as a coward and unfit, tax collectors like Matthew and Zacchaeus, prostitutes like Rehab, foreigners like Ruth, house wives like Elizabeth, Deborah and Joanna, possessed but delivered people like Mary Magdalene, fishermen like Peter and the list goes on. They were not people who had some special abilities or prowess to do extraordinary things. In fact, they lived in societies that had no respect or regard for them.
God, even now still chooses men and women that people have rejected and turn them into extraordinary instruments. One common denominator with these people however, was that when they came in contact with the Almighty God they humbly submitted before Him and He exalted them. Do you suppose until you obtain that PhD in theology, make some money, get that job or get married and have a family before God can call you into service? Then you are making a costly mistake because God uses the foolish things of this world to shame that of the wise. God used the everyday life of these people in Scriptures for His service. Who would have thought that Mary's (the mother of Jesus) visit to Elizabeth was a service unto the Lord? Once we humble ourselves no matter our estate in life, God will do extraordinary things through us. Friend we serve an extraordinary God that just needs us to give Him room in us to do great and mighty things on the earth: ‘For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His.’ 2Chronicles 16:9a. He is not looking for people with degrees, 'goodly heritage', wealth or super-sized egos but people whose hearts are devoted wholly to Him! Let your everyday life be a pulpit to propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ no matter your position or condition!