Drum roll please for this fine list of people God used for eternal and significant impact:
- Noah was a drunk
- Abraham was too old
- Isaac was a daydreamer
- Jacob was a liar
- Joseph was abused
- Moses had a stuttering problem
- Gideon was afraid
- Samson was a womanizer
- Rahab was a prostitute
- Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
- David had an affair and was a murderer
- Elijah was suicidal
- Isaiah preached naked
- Jonah ran from God
- Naomi was a widow
- Job went bankrupt
- Peter denied Christ
- The disciples fell asleep while praying
- Martha worried about everything
- The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)
- Zaccheus was too small
- Paul was too religious
- Timothy had an ulcer....
I cringe to when I hear people say "God can't use me because..." or "I will follow God when..." or my personal favorite: "I would follow God but..." Wake up people! God's not in the business of perfect followers. Over and over he has used crappy people with even crappier sin to bring glory to His name. It's a slap in the face of God to believe you are the exception because scripture clearly shows ordinary, sinful, rebellious people were the instruments of the Almighty.
Nothing is too bad, too horrible, too ugly, too sinful, too crazy, too anything for God to turn around and use for His glory.
He certainly calls us to more and was not content to see any of the people above stay in their sin. But He met them in their darkest moment, in their most weakened state, at their absolute point of hopelessness where even dreaming God would glance at them seemed like an impossibility.
"I wish I could follow God but..." is a lie from the enemy. God clearly uses the unconventional and very unexpected! He just asks that we pick up our cross and follow Him to the ends of the Earth. There is no excuse for not baring it all to God and allowing Him to use the mess to create a message.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.