The Most Unlikely
Sometimes I wonder how I got here. How have I blogged over 800 posts? How did I write a book? It doesn’t make sense. Me, the financial guru. Me, the girl who always struggled in English and writing. Me, the number cruncher.
God has and is currently using me, the most unlikely. And then when I think about people in the Bible, I realize they too, were just as unlikely. Let’s talk about Joseph and Mary. They were ordinary people, just like you and me, but God chose them to birth the Savior. Not only was there nothing glamorous about either of them, but there was certainly nothing high class about Jesus being born in a manger. Scripture even says in Luke 2:7 that “there was no lodging available for them.” No lodging for the Savior of the World? You would expect Jesus to be born in the nicest place in the world, but everything about the birth of Jesus was unlikely. A manger. A carpenter. An unwed teenager. And, a small town named Bethlehem. It was an ordinary place, with ordinary people. Joseph and Mary did nothing to deserve the honor, but God chose them.
And me? I’m an ordinary person living in an ordinary place. I’m your average person who happens to be called into blogging, called into writing and called into ministry. God is using me, the most unlikely person. Not because I have the skill set. Not because I know what I am doing. Not because I lead some perfect life. But because he can use anyone, even the unlikely and qualify them. God doesn’t call those who are qualified. But he qualifies those who are called.
Have you ever believed the lie that you need the perfect setup to do work for the kingdom? Perhaps you have to memorize a certain amount of bible verses? Or maybe that you have to work for a church? If you are anything like me it’s super easy to fall into that trap. I tend to get super intimidated by anyone super spiritual and I end up putting them on a pedestal and thinking the very little impact I have makes no difference because I don’t have a seminary degree or I’m not spiritual enough. But the problem with that? My focus is no longer on Jesus and instead it’s on the person Jesus is trying to use and it’s on me.
But this journey? It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about Christ living within you and me. If he can use me, the most unqualified and the most unlikely, then he can use you too. If you teach 1st grade all day, then he wants to use you. If you sit in a cube all day, then he wants to use you. If you are a stay-at-home mom, then he wants to use you. If you have no degree or no money or no place to live, then he wants to use you. You are the most likely, not because of what you have accomplished or who you are, but because of who God is through you. Today, God wants to use you! He has taken you, the most unlikely, and made you the most likely, all because of the work he can do in you and through you. Don’t make this journey about your lack and instead make it about his abundance because he wants to use you!
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