Brothers and sisters, 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. God 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. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV
If you could accomplish anything at all without any form of limitations, what would it be? What if you had unlimited funds, unlimited connections,unlimited energy, unlimited support, unlimited… (you get the point); what would you accomplish? What is that thing that you feel God has placed in you? That calling that you dream about daily, that ignites a tiny spark each time you think about it. Is there a constant battle as to whether or not you should go for it? Maybe you feel inadequate and don’t think you have what it takes. You may dream of becoming a motivational speaker, but feel as though you have no stage presence or you fumble on your words too much. Maybe God has placed songs on your heart but you don’t think your voice is good enough.
What if I told you that, in spite of your shortcomings, it was all possible once you made a decision to believe in it. Would you believe me? The passage above is proof that once God calls you to do something, you are fully capable of bringing it to fruition. As mentioned in verse 26, those He called were not always the wisest or most influential. Verses 27-29 show that He deliberately chose the foolish to bring shame to the wise, the weak to bring shame to the strong, and those that were despised to bring humility to the boastful. There are times when we as humans develop a sense of pride, believing that everything we accomplish or attain is solely from hard work. Our natural tendency is to feel entitled to all credit and praise, when in actuality we could not have done it all on our own.
Well, God surely has a way of proving us wrong. It does not matter whether or not you are the best at what He’s called you to do. It does not matter whether or not you have degrees in a certain area. What matters is that you answer to His call and exercise faith in Him. God chooses those that we least expect, to do the near impossible, as a reminder that He is God. Had He chosen persons that were seen as capable of the task given, all credit would go to the individual. At the end of the day all work done for the Lord through and by us should bring honor and glory to Him. So if you feel as though God wants to use you for the impossible, take a leap of faith. You would be surprised of what He can do through and in you.
Think about it:
- I’m pretty sure persons thought Noah was crazy for building an ark and said he would never accomplish his goal, but he did. Yes it took years to finish and there was no sign of a flood, but his obedience saved the lives of many (literally).
- Moses did not even believe in himself, imagine everyone else. He spoke of not being able to speak well and downplayed himself. Yet God used him to bring His people out of Egypt.
- Look at Esther. She was a young Jewish woman living in exile, which I’m sure is not the best situation to be in. She became queen and through her faith in God, and her courage, eventually saved her people from destruction, despite her own life being risked.
- Paul (formerly known as Saul) was a violent and brutal man who persecuted the early churches. The Lord saw fit to turn his life around and used him to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom.
If God can use them, He can surely use us to do His work. So what are you waiting for? What is He calling you to do? Take a leap of faith.