Do you think God has a purpose for you, for your life?
We have excuses and reasons why God shouldn’t choose us: We’re imperfect! We’re not qualified! In this, we are not different from a lot of people in the Bible.
God called Jeremiah to be a formidable prophet. Jeremiah had labeled himself as an introvert, so how did he respond?
I do not know how to speak; I am too young. Jeremiah 1:6 NIV
Moses was called to lead the liberation of the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery. But he was a murderer on the lam, and his response showed that he believed his failure label.
“Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3
How about the widow from the village of Zarephath (Elijah lived in her home when he was hiding from Ahab and Jezebel)? The label she believed was “forgotten by God.” She told Elijah,
“I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” 1 Kings 17
Mary, a young teen from a backwater town, was suddenly visited by an angel who told her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ. Even though she was willing, she pulled out the impossible label and asked,
“But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” Luke 1
Pick a disciple, any disciple. There were truths in the label the world gave them: “unqualified, uncouth, uneducated, and way too young.”
No headhunter in his or her right mind would have vetted any of them for leadership in the kingdom of God.
We all have excuses. We spend so much time doubting our qualifications, labeling ourselves as “pretty good” or “not good enough,” planning to put ourselves on the line when “we get all our ducks in a row,” that we glue our lives together with a plethora of excuses—and stay stuck in the muck.
But God doesn’t leave us there.
God’s commitment to your change begins
with His otherworldly love for you.
In fact, God will initiate change in our lives
once we are believers in Jesus Christ.
Guess what! God Chooses (Im)Perfect People!