Our generation places great value on those who are the healthiest, the strongest, the fittest, the youngest, and the smartest, leaving behind a throng that do not fit in this mold anymore. In this new era there is no room for aged, weak, small, sick, or people to are not used to the new gadgets.
When we turn to the Scriptures we find, almost without exception, among the heroes that are people that were hurt, small, old, too young, female, and sometimes not the smartest ones around.
The story of Jacob (Genesis 32), is a very good illustration of that. After fleeing from the wrath of his brother, finally the day to face him arrived. On the evening before that, he had a fight with the Angel of the Lord. The Angel touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. The Angel changed his life and changed his name, calling him Israel.
Isn’t interesting that God sent him to meet the biggest threat of his life limping? This should put things in perspective for us. If we believe in God and if we trust in Him, it does not matter our health, size, age, gender, or anything else. It is God who will take care of us, and it is HE who will use us.
Sometimes people will look down on you. They will think and sometimes say that you are not fit to serve in this or that ministry. They will give you the impression that because of you the rest of the team, or church will need to slow down and set a different pace. Guilt will be the weapon that they will use against you. They will make you feel bad. They won’t get rid of you, but they will push you away or aside as much as they can. Sometimes people just decide to leave.
Unfortunately, many people in our churches left and are leaving because they do not fit the spiritual, ministerial, or current profile. They cannot run any more. They do not understand all the terms and technologies that are taking over the world. THEY ARE LIMPING.
If you think that you are among those who are limping, let me tell you something, you are in great company. Abraham limped in age. Jacob limped literally. Moses could not speak well. David was too young. Ruth was a foreigner. Esther was a slave girl. Peter and some other apostles were unschooled, and the list goes on and on. Those hurdles were not enough to stop God.
If God wants to use you, no matter who you are, and how capable or not you are, He will use you. Even though you are limping and can no longer run, do not give up, do not stop, do not leave. There is a place for you in the Kingdom of God, and He will use you.
Have a blessed week,