“I’m not perfect.”
“I have all kinds of problems.”
“I don’t know the Bible well enough.”
“I have no ability. I don’t have any gifts.”
“I’m just not worthy…”
Well, did you know that….
David’s armor didn’t fit.
John Mark deserted Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a persecutor of the church.
Moses was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God’s will.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul – well, lots of folks did.
God doesn’t require a job interview for salvation. He’s our Heavenly Father. He doesn’t check our bank statement or credit rating or our IQ before He uses us. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. He knows who we are and what we are and loves us in spite of ourselves.
Satan says, “You’re not worthy”
Jesus says, “So what? I am!”
Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.
God looks back and sees the cross.
There are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t call us. But if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for Him, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, what we have done, or the fact that we are not perfect!
Jesus says, “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you will find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asks will receive; and he that seeks will find; and to him that knocks it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8)