Calling All Sinners & Misfits

My Pastor Buddy, Aaron Loy, of Mosaic Lincoln nails it with his latest.  He was kind enough to allow me to repost here.  Read on.  Be challenged.  Be blessed.  Your weakness + God's strength = just enough.

The older I get, the more I am coming to realize that everyone has a reason why they can’t or shouldn’t be used by God in an extraordinary way.

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been teaching through the life of Gideon at Mosaic. Gideon is perhaps best known for his continual testing of God’s will through what is at times, unconventional means. Gideon was a man often overwhelmed by fear. For much of his life, it seemed Gideon could hardly take a step forward without questioning God, doubting his promises, and asking for reassurance. (I can sure related with that, how about you?)

And yet, in spite of his weakness, God chose to take this cowardly farmer and make him into a “mighty warrior” in order to deliver a suffering people from unjust oppression. Gideon described himself as the weakest of the weak. And in many ways, he was. He was an unlikely hero. But as it turns out, God is rather fond of using flawed, failed, ordinary people:

  • Gideon was afraid
  • Abraham was old,
  • Jacob was insecure,
  • John the Baptist was a weirdo with a beardo,
  • Job was bankrupt,
  • Leah was unattractive,
  • Noah drank too much,
  • Joseph was abused,
  • Moses had a stuttering problem,
  • Samson was a womanizer,
  • Rahab was a prostitute,
  • David was a murderer, adulterer & had kinds of family problems,
  • Elijah was suicidal,
  • Jeremiah was depressed,
  • Jonah ran from God,
  • Naomi was a widow,
  • Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered,
  • Martha was a worrier,
  • the Samaritan woman had (not one, but) several failed marriages,
  • Zacchaeus was unpopular,
  • Thomas was a skeptic and a doubter,
  • Paul had health issues and was unimpressive in person,
  • Timothy was too young and too timid.

Everyone has an excuse. Everyone has issues. Everyone is weak in their own way. But being weak doesn’t make you unique, it only makes you human. And this weakness is precisely where God loves to do his most powerful work. It is in the midst of our own weakness that God’s strength is so greatly contrasted and put on display for the world to see.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV)

Your weakness + God’s strength = just enough.