Shouldn't Have Called You
There are many reasons why God shouldn't have
called you. But don't worry.
You're in good company.
David's armor didn't fit.
John Mark was rejected by Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer.
So was Moses.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Mary was lazy.
Samson had long hair.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul--well, lots of
But God doesn't require a job interview. He
doesn't hire and fire like most bosses, because
He's more our Dad than our Boss. He doesn't look
at financial gain or loss. He's not prejudiced or
partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy,
not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.
As much as we try, God's gifts are free. We could
do wonderful things for wonderful people and
still not be Wonderful. Satan says, "You're
not worthy." Jesus says, "So what? I
AM." Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.
God looks back and sees the cross. He doesn't
calculate what you did in '78. It's not even on
the record. Sure. There are lots of reasons why
God shouldn't have called us. But if we are
magically in love with Him, if we hunger for Him
more than our next breath, He'll use us in spite
of who we are, where we've been, or what we look
I pray that as Christians, we will step out of
our limitations into the unlimitable nature of
who God is. Then our passion for God and our
passion to communicate Him will make short work
of our limitations.