You probably aren’t reading this unless you feel like a loser. If so, cheer up! Because God loves us losers and has a habit of using us to do great things!
Let’s look at just some of the evidence:
- Moses had some kind of speech impediment, but led the people out of Egypt anyway.
- Rahab was a prostitute, but became the great-great (don’t know how many greats) grandmother of Jesus.
- David was too young and small to fight Goliath, but God gave him all the power he needed. But then he grew up to be a King who became a rapist and murderer, but after he repented, God forgave him and used him to run a whole nation.
- Solomon felt empty and depressed, but God used him to build the temple.
- Mary Magdalene was a woman (who people through the centuries – without any evidence — have accused of being a prostitute prior to meeting Jesus), but got to travel with Jesus and disciplines.
- The Woman at the Well was divorced many times, but led a whole village to Jesus.
- Abraham gave his wife to a King so that the King wouldn’t cause him any problems.
- Sarah laughed at God’s crazy promise and still had a miracle baby.
- Elijah struggled with depression, but God used him to warn a whole nation.
- Jonah ran away from God, but God used him to save a whole nation.
- Peter denied Christ, but became the rock of the church.
Paul, who killed Christians, before becoming one himself wrote:
“But we have this treasure (the light of Christ) in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”
(2Co 4:7 NRS)
The truth is God prefers people who know they are weak, who know they have flaws, who can admit their mistakes, and — most importantly — who ask for help.
God specializes in taking us losers and displaying Christ’s wisdom and power through us.
So go forth losers of the world and don’t be afraid of being used by God!
April describes herself as a Red Letter Christian who writes about scripture and spiritual disciplines. See her latest book, James in the Suburbs: The Disorderly Parable of the Epistle of James. Great for an individual read or group Bible studies! You can follow her blog by clicking on the three dots in upper right hand of this page and scrolling down.