We often live like our most powerful accomplishments for God depends upon our ability to achieve financial resources, educational background, or societal position. As a result, we sink most of our productive time into these endeavors. I certainly did! I worked three jobs to get through undergraduate school. Then, I determined to complete my law degree despite having a baby as a first-year law student and moving twice before graduating. Why was I so determined? Well, I was going to “be somebody.” My own personal crises during my divorce revealed the great deception of my own strength. I discovered that without God, I was nothing. This truth has been the bedrock upon which I have built my life since then. And from that time forward, my experience has been:
The most significant works of God through my life have had minimal association with my financial resources, educational background, or societal position. You are currently witnessing a testament to this truth.
God’s work is ALL His own and WE get to be part of it when HE has our HEART!
Jesus was a carpenter. The disciples were fishermen (Andrew, Peter, and likely James and John), a tax collector (Matthew) and a political anarchist (Simon). Paul was a religious outcast and prisoner. Very few people in the Bible with great power and riches—were the movers and the shakers in God’s work.
God is more powerful and wise than anyone or anything in His Creation; He doesn’t need the “power” or “wisdom” of mere humans to accomplish His work!
After we are born again, we get to be a part of God’s work. That requires that we humble our heart enough to give Him 100% of our life. The problem for most of us is that our accomplishments, power, and wealth make us proud. We then strive to live independent from God. The Bible says that the Creator and Sustainer of all things “resists the proud.” (James 4:6) If we want to operate in the power of the ALMIGHTY GOD we must live in the constant knowledge of our desperate need for Him.
We are truly NOTHING without Him!
When we get our thinking in line with the truth of His Word, we then become eligible to be fully used of God. We become part of a group of Christians who have gone down in the annals of Biblical history as God’s movers and shakers. These powerful people were the people the world called “foolish, weak, lowborn, and insignificant.” Indeed, the Bible says:
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were WISE according to worldly standards, not many were POWERFUL, not many were of NOBLE birth.
But God CHOSE what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God CHOSE what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God CHOSE what is low and despised in the world, EVEN things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might BOAST in the presence of God.
And because of HIM you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written,
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.“1 Corinthians 1:26-31
My friend, it doesn’t matter where you are or where you have been; if you have received the gift of salvation, Jesus Christ lives inside you and you have been endowed with the power of heaven to do mighty works.
When we embrace humility, God graciously provides us with His power, wisdom, and love, enabling us to astonish the world with the purposeful and fulfilling life He has designed for us to experience!
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