The Unusual Suspects
"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. 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. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are." I Corinthians 1:26-28
Do you ever feel unworthy of God’s calling? Instead of saying “Here I am Lord send me!” your response is more like, “Uh… I’m over here Lord, but… why me?” Perhaps you just don’t feel up to the task. Besides, there are so many better Christians in the world that the Lord could use, right?
Yet according to this passage, God’s first pick for his team is often the least likely. He would choose the fool, the simple person rather than the MVP. It seems that the Lord of Hosts would rather work with someone like Forest Gump than Donald Trump.
If you were the Lord of the universe and you had to put together a twelve-man team that you would use to share your message with the rest of the world, whom would you choose? Would it be a rugged short-tempered fisherman or a despised IRS agent? Probably not. However, that is just what Jesus did. He chose the most unusual suspects for his cast of disciples.
Who would you choose to pave the way for the Lord? After all, the predecessor to the Messiah is a serious role to play. Who could fit the shoes of Elijah? I probably wouldn’t have selected John; he was too much of a rebel. The Bible says he is a “Baptist,” but he definitely doesn't dress like one. He has never cut his hair in his life, and has weird looking dreadlocks. He has slept in the outdoors for months on end; he had an unusual diet, and provoked denominational leaders. John was the least likely servant, yet God chose him. For God in his infinite wisdom saw to it that the world would never find Him through human brilliance.
If I asked your friends and family about you, would they say that you are a wise person? Would your contemporaries label you a genius and a scholar? Probably not. Would you be described as a brilliant debater, or someone with a big name, power or wealth? Perhaps not.
Chances are you have a low self-esteem like the rest of us and often feel foolish and of little worth. Maybe you would be best described as weak, timid and unsure by your peers. Did you ever fail a class in school and feel just plain dumb? I doubt that you are royalty, of noble birth, or considered influential. Perhaps you feel weak, lowly & despised like the Apostle Paul who said, “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling” (I Cor 2:3).
If this sounds like you, then congratulations! You’re just the kind of material God likes to work with. In Luke 10:21, Jesus said “He has hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. ---This is His good pleasure.” Let’s face it; we are all handicapped in one way or another. But God receives great pleasure in using our shortcomings for His kingdom.
He selected Moses to speak to a nation, in spite of his speech impediment. He chose Peter, (the disciple that always had to put his foot in his mouth) to feed His sheep. Despite his atrocious past and the mysterious thorn in his flesh, He elected Paul as the writer for the majority of the New Testament. Time and time again in Scriptures, it is clear that He chooses simple and unqualified people to take on his biggest assignments. This leaves you with no excuses.
Do you feel inadequate? Good, because on your own you are. God uses individuals that are inadequate and insufficient to prove that He alone is adequate and sufficient. He uses vessels of imperfection to accomplish His perfect will. He uses the finite to reveal His infinite being.
As I sang in Christafari’s song Blood and Fire; "God works in mysterious ways and you are one of His mysterious ways. Who has the right to judge the mind of the Lord so that he may instruct Him?” God can and will use you. Just let Him. In our weakness He is Strong!
“My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Lord, I do not feel worthy to be used by You. I do not deserve to be your ambassador. Yet I now realize that you consistently choose to use the least likely servants for your kingdom. God please use me. Use this broken vessel to reveal Your strength. Do mighty things through me by the work of Your Spirit. I surrender to Your will. In Jesus Name, amen.
|Not Ashamed||Romans 1:16 (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|Favoritism||Romans 2:11 (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|Action Talks||Romans 2:13 (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|Tattooed Heart||Romans 2:15b (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|Missing the Target||Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|A New Identity||I Corinthians 1:2||Mark Mohr|
|Unmerited Favor||I Corinthians 1:4||Mark Mohr|
|'Til The End||I Corinthians 1:8-9||Mark Mohr|
|Perfectly United||I Corinthians 1:10-13a||Mark Mohr|
|Gambling for Garments||I Corinthians 1:12-17LIV||Mark Mohr|
|The First Missionary||I Corinthians 1:27-29||Mark Mohr|
|THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD||I Corinthians 1:19-20||Mark Mohr|
|The Unusual Suspects||I Corinthians 1:26-28||Mark Mohr|
|A Broken Vessel||Heb 11:34||Mark Mohr|
|Achilles Heel||James 3:2a||Mark Mohr|
|Refurbished Heart||I John 1:7-9||Mark Mohr|
|Unworthy Applicant||Psalm 51:1-2||Mark Mohr|
|Foolish Thinking||I Corinthians 1:18-23||Mark Mohr|
|Boastful Thinking||I Corinthians 1:29||Mark Mohr|
|The Runt of the Litter||I Corinthians 1:26-28||Mark Mohr|
|Keep it Simple||I Corinthians 2:1-5||Mark Mohr|
|Parlez Vous Christianese?||I Corinthians 2:2||Mark Mohr|
|No Eye Has Seen||I Corinthians 2:9||Mark Mohr|
|A Word from the Lord||I Corinthians 2:16||Mark Mohr|
|Let Go, Let God||I Corinthians 3:6-7||Mark Mohr|
|To The Foundation||I Corinthians 3:10-11||Mark Mohr|
|All-Seeing Eyes||I Corinthians 4:5||Mark Mohr|