We often hear sermons preached about the people in the Bible who God chose to do His will and have done many supernatural things by the power of God. And these sermons are encouraging to us to show us what we can aspire to as a follower of Christ. But most of these same people have, at one time or another, also failed God by doubting, disobeying or even running from Him. And I believe that God specifically wants us to see that He uses regular people, very much like you and me, to accomplish His will on the earth. For instance, are we like the Peter who walked on the water and raised Tabitha from the dead or the Peter who took his eyes of Jesus and began to sink and who denied Christ three times? Are we like the David who was the man after God’s own heart and who fearlessly faced the giant Goliath or like the David who killed a man to cover up an affair with his wife? Are we like the Jonah who spoke the Word of the Lord to the people of Nineveh and convinced them to repent to save themselves from God’s wrath or more like the Jonah who ran from God and spent three days in the belly of a fish? Abraham, the Father of our faith, was also a liar. His son, Jacob, another forefather of our faith, lied and connived to steal his brother’s birthright. Moses, through whom God did mighty miracles that convinced Pharaoh to release the children of Israel from their bondage also murdered a man. Rahab, from whose lineage came our Lord Jesus, was a prostitute. There are many more examples from scripture to reveal to us that God sees so much more than we do in people. God has way of focusing on what we can become and not so much on where and what we are now. We humans tend to focus our faults and failures. God sees our potential and possibilities. If you sense God leading you to do something that is way beyond your ability, know that He will equip you with everything you need. It’s His power that works through you that gets the job done. It’s not your ability He needs, but your availability. Let your response be “Here I am Lord. Send me.”
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT)
20 Now may the God of peace— who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— 21 may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
2 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT)
6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant.
Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)
8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”