Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)
I love these verses. They confirm what I have experienced in my own life: God loves the underdog. God not only roots for underdogs, He empowers them and uses them in this world for His divine purpose. God treasures ex-convicts, ex-drug addicts, murderers, ex-drug dealers, ex-prostitutes, the poor, the uneducated, the people the world count as worthless. They become His trophies of grace and vessels of honor.
God reveals His grace to people that others don’t believe in. Once they are humbled by His love, mercy, and forgiveness, He empowers them to do great things. They become true ambassadors of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20, 2 Timothy 2:21)
When God’s favor and grace are on them, these people are not limited by their background, lack of education, lack of resources, or lack of influence. God makes a way for them when there seems to be none. He gives them favor with others and opens doors of opportunity that no man can close. He blesses them so they can be a blessing to others.
The fruit of their time and resources reaches far beyond family, friends, church and community; it reaches the world through the lives they affect. God’s anointing is on the underdog and He expands their territory greatly. (1 Corinthians 15:10, Leviticus 26:9, James 4:10, Isaiah2043:19, Revelations 3:8, 1 Chronicles 4:10)
Do you feel God can’t use you because of your past mistakes, your lack of resources, because no one believes in you or because you don’t believe in yourself? Almighty God of heaven and earth has a divine plan and purpose for you. And He has equipped you by His Spirit with every spiritual gift needed to fulfill your calling on earth.
Knowing this, get yourself in the Word of God like never before! Allow Him to renew your mind and prepare you for every good work He has planned for you. (Jeremiah 29:11-13, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Philippians 2:13, Joshua 1:8-9)
Don’t focus on past mistakes or who you used to be. Don’t make excuses why God can’t use you. The truth is He can use you regardless of your past. Many people in the Bible made terrible mistakes, but God used them anyway. For example:
- Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. He was accused of attempted rape and thrown into jail. Through all of his trials he was given favor and eventually He was raised to second in authority ruling over Egypt. (Genesis chapters 37-50)
- Moses was a murderer. God used him to deliver God’s people from their slavery in Egypt. (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers)
- King David was a murderer and adulterer, yet he is the only man in the whole Bible that God said was “a man after his own heart.” David wrote much of the psalms and established Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (Books of Samuel & Chronicles)
- God used the apostle Paul to write a considerable portion of the New Testament—the same man who killed and persecuted Christians. (Acts)
- God used Peter, an ordinary fishermen and Matthew, a tax collector to spread the Gospel around the world. (Matthew & Acts, 1 Peter & 2 Peter)
These were ordinary people like you and I. They had their own past and made their own mistakes, but they surrendered their lives to God Almighty and trusted Him to work in and through their lives. And He did.
God can do the same for us. He can empower us to fulfill the dreams and visions He has put on our hearts. His grace will cover our mistakes and shortcomings. His mercy and compassion will be given to us fresh every morning so that we can walk by His Spirit. (Philippians 2:13, Lamentations 3:22-23)
Don’t talk yourself out of believing in the dreams God has put in your heart. Don’t be discouraged if the vision He gave you takes longer than you expected. Wait on it patiently. Trust Him and keep moving forward, one day at a time, towards your destiny. God’s Word will not return void in your life. It will fulfill its purpose. (Habakkuk 2:3, Isaiah 55:11)
The world may not believe in you. People may fight you with hateful, negative words. But no weapon formed against you will succeed (Isaiah 54:17) if God is on your side. As Paul reminds us:
“If God be for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31)