I was listening to Bill Johnson this morning. Here’s the link. He mentions Gideon, one of my favorite people of the Old Testament. Essentially, Gideon was the least important person in one of the smallest tribes. Yet, he was called to lead Israel to freedom. And he did.
Strength in the Kingdom of God is not found in accomplishments or the visual of a person. It is only found in God. The great battle between David and the giant Goliath was not a given victory for David. Small and simple, he was even ridiculed by his own brothers. Yet, he went out and destroyed the enemy.
In the world, we look at the face, the body, the exploits, the talent, the skills. The list that we see and make our decisions by is long and involved. God only looks at the heart. And sometimes, the heart isn’t even really where it needs to be. But God knows more than we do.
The Disciples were not well known or famous by any stretch. Many that God chooses even today have nothing to offer the world. If you look at church history, you will see many who led revivals to be far less than adequate by man’s standards. It is a common thread that is weaved into the tapestry of God’s Kingdom from the beginning of time. And continues today.
In our relationship with God, we often know things God has put into us that He has not put in others. A desire. A word for others. Giftings for the advancement of the Kingdom. Despite whatever that may be, we still must be obedient to Him.
That story of how Gideon saved a nation is a good example. He was threshing wheat in a hidden place so he wouldn’t get caught and the whole conversation began like this:
“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”” Judges 6:11-12
Look at the greeting. God is greeting YOU today with a name! Not your name, the name, the description that He sees! You mighty man of valor! Or woman! Haha!
When you look in the mirror, you may see your flesh and weakness, but God sees a mighty warrior!
Step out! God has you in this! You are not who you are, you are His and you are ready for something amazing! We cannot change the world by staying in the shadows thinking we are weak and incomplete. Whatever God is calling you to do is your niche. Your place. You are being called to go there because He is preparing the way and He is preparing you! Don’t wait too long, there are people out there depending on you to lead them to the Salvation of Jesus Christ!