I Remember back when I was a kid in gym class and did not want to be that last kid chosen for a team? Well I don't like to brag (as I puff out my 60 year old chest, not my gut it puffs out on it's own) but I was not that kid. I loved sports and was a decent athlete even if the game was dodge-ball I was always a solid pick.
We can all breath a sigh of relief God does not operate that way. He seems to like the odd ducks, and unlikely picks to be on his team, even LEAD his team. Hmm.. I might even be chosen on God's robotics team. :)
Noah, if you build it they will come. These were the paraphrased words of God from the book of Genesis as Noah is chosen to craft an Ark. Not just any Ark, but what appeared to his neighbors to be.. A Desert Ark.
On top of that Noah was like 600 years old and his sons were around 100.
Abraham was a spry 75 years old or so when called by God to pack up the Winnebago (figuratively speaking) and hit the road jack.
So much for the Golden Years. "I will make you a mighty nation you." Thus saith the Lord.
A mighty nation?.. Abe and the Mrs. were past the age of having their own kids, so unless God is talking about some 'Mighty Nation' app for his smartphone then he did not know how this was going to happen.
Moses, the exiled (for murder) prince of Egypt is working in a land far away as an overqualified sheep tender when God speaks to him from a burning bush.
"Moses .. you and I are going to free the children of Israel." Ok, mostly I will but do I have a job for you." - Thus saith the Lord
"This very day you will be with me in paradise." said Jesus to the thief on the cross shortly before he died.
The spiritual resume of this thief from what we know was pretty light, but that is how big God's Grace is.
"Saul why do you persecute me?" were the blunt words of Jesus from a blinding light while Saul was on the road to Damascus.
"I've got good news and bad news. First the bad news.. your cushy leader of the Pharisees job is going away. The good news.. You will be my very first Missionary." - Thus saith the Lord.
I may be going out on a limb, but I don't see many literal burning bushes, or blinding lights on my horizon, but I do believe I am chosen and capable. Not that it makes sense based on my qualifications, but in fact we are all chosen by our loving Heavenly Father not only to be a part of God's Kingdom, but also to serve in big and small ways.
I pray we do not keep God in a box, and a lid on what is possible with regards to the blessings and opportunities to serve.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
As we can do all things through Christ. When you are weak, He makes you strong. 2 Cor 12:7-10
May God bless and use you in ways that are BEYOND YOUR DREAMS and all that God intends.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson
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