God Uses the Unlikely
It’s easy for us to criticize ourselves and talk ourselves out of doing something that God lays on our hearts. Many times I have told myself that I wasn’t skilled enough; I was not talented like her. I convinced myself I was only capable of succeeding on the surface. I figured it was unlikely that I would reach the depths or the heights that God needed me to go. I allowed myself to settle somewhere nicely in-between what God called me to do and what I thought I could achieve.
But God keeps tugging. “Child, I desire you. I desire a greater purpose for you. I desire to use your imperfections and shortcomings to reach the lost and weary. I desire the pieces of you that even you despise.” 1 Corinthians 1:26 says, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” This tells me the majority of the people God calls on are not from the wise, mighty or noble but that God chooses the weak. God seeks the unlikely, the nobodies.
In Matthew 4, God tells us the story of the mustard seed. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches. Matthew 13:31-32
I truly believe God tells this parable to explain that our understanding, our view of our capabilities, is not God’s view of us. God’s vision for us is to grow tall and wide, spreading in every direction. Though we may view ourselves, others too, as merely a small mustard seed, we can grow into something mighty.
Consider this as well, Jesus came to us as a fragile newborn baby. He was merely a carpenter’s son. Jesus started off speaking to only a few people but more and more gathered with each word he spoke. Even after His resurrection, only a handful of disciples were chosen to spread the gospel. Just like a small mustard seed, their work started off insignificant but God’s word was shared across the world, and it continues to spread today.
If God tells us that it’s the inconsequential that he desires, that it’s the last that finish first, then why do we believe the lie that we are not enough? Why do we tell ourselves that we are unable to achieve the implausible because we are unqualified? Though we have tossed ourselves to the side, God has tugged on our seed of nothingness and rooted us in his soil. He has made a way so our roots can sprout and we can grow. Once we get in alignment with God’s promise; transformation begins. We begin to rise.
So let God’s light shine down and let his word water you. Allow yourself to take root and flourish. Declare that you will no longer rely on your own strength and wisdom but Christ’s alone. Claim that you are enough and that you can reach prominence through God’s power and leadership. Know that God does not and will not give up on you. Know you are capable and that all things are possible through Christ.
You say you are unlikely, but God says you are an unimaginable wonder just waiting to ensue.
Megan Bouchillon | DPW Guest Writer
Megan Bouchillon’s days are full with being a working mom, wife to her best friend and an owner of many plants. She somehow manages to fit her passions into the cracks of her day; which are, writing, podcasting, thrifting, spinning in circles with her son and laughing with her hubby.