Oftentimes, we think that God chooses men and women to use based on their strengths. We look at the heroes of faith in the Bible and see people who had strong dependence on God, admirable character qualities, and a legacy that lasted thousands of years.
What we often don’t see, however, is that each and every one of those whom God called throughout Scripture had inherent weaknesses. Think of Sarah, who was barren, or Paul, who had a past of persecuting the church; think of Job, who lost everything, or Jonah, who had a chronic disobedience and distrust problem. No matter who comes to mind, we see that God calls those who have weaknesses.
Not only that, but we see that God calls these individuals precisely because of their weaknesses. Read that one more time—catch what I just said. God did not call you despite your weaknesses; He called you because of them. We must stop acting as if God will only use us once we clean up our lives and achieve perfection. God selected you precisely because you are so dysfunctional.
Paul says in 1 Timothy 1:12-16, “I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”
God did not call you despite your weaknesses; He called you because of them… He wants to use your dysfunctions to be an example of what only God can do. See, we think God chooses us because of our great strengths; but the real doorway to power with God is really your weakness. The only difference between possible and impossible is two words: I AM. When the great I AM shows up, it changes things. It changes you. So hand over your weaknesses to Him today, knowing that you’re fully loved, and that He wants to get all the worship and the glory for what He does in your life.
Dr. Derek Grier