When we think about Christianity and its beginning, one of the first names that comes to mind is Paul, a well-qualified and well educated Jew, who converted to Christianity through a dramatic encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. After his conversion Paul became the main voice of Christianity, but he knew very well that Christianity and the progress of the Gospel were in the hands of people to were not prepared for the task.
This is what Paul wrote to the Corinthians: For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. 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, so that no one may boast before him. 1Corinthians 1:25-29.”
Paul makes clear in this text that we all are called to be active participants in the Kingdom of our Lord and in the proclamation of the Gospel. Even those who say I cannot do it, or those who consider themselves too old, too young, too poor, too sick, – God has a plan for everyone in His Kingdom. We were not called to sit on the bench or stay outside the lines. We are not reserve players. If we are Christians we are playing, regardless how good we are. We are His players.
Another thing that we need to know is that God enjoys using the powerless. Paul in this text tells us that God chose the foolish things, the weak things, the lowly things, and the despised things to use in His projects. His goal is clear. Nobody will take His glory. God will show His power, His grace, and His mercy through each one of us. He will use us despite our inaptitude and powerlessness.
The other thing that we learn is that God equips the powerless with special abilities. God called you and me to be part of His mission and purposes even though we are unprepared. But this does not mean that we should not prepare for the task. On the contrary, God gave us special abilities, gifts, and aptitudes to be used in His Kingdom. We need to find them, develop them, and use them in His cause.
My brother and sister, if you feel powerless, do not worry. God has a plan and place for you in His Kingdom and He will show them to you if you ask.
Have a blessed week,