Have you ever felt unworthy of God’s calling? We all have at times, because we are unworthy. But we can’t let this feeling stop us from following God. God’s grace is a gift; we are not meant to earn it or pay for it. We should feel motivated by this place of acceptance to follow our Lord, not hindered. There will be times when God calls us to do things we don’t feel capable of doing because we’re too weak, small, or ordinary. But God calls us to do those things because we do have weaknesses. When we are weak is when God’s strength shines brightest through us.
There are so many people throughout the Bible that could be considered unfit to do God’s work, but God still used them. God called Abraham to be the father of the nation of Israel, even though he had no children. God called Sarah to be the mother of this nation, even though she laughed when she heard the news. God called Rahab to help the Israelites even though she was not only a citizen of a foreign nation, but also a prostitute. God called Peter to help Him build His church even though he tended to be brash and impulsive. God called David, the youngest of his family and a shepherd, to be the king of His people, and God still used him even after he committed adultery. God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, even though he was a wanted man and a stutterer. God called Timothy to be a leader in the church, even though he was so young people considered him a youth. God called Ruth, even though she was a foreigner from a pagan country, and she became a part of the lineage of Jesus. God called Samson to serve as judge over His people, even though he repeatedly fell for women from the country that was oppressing them. God called Jonah to preach to Nineveh, even though he ran away and still never understood God’s mercy. God called Lazarus to be a picture of the Lord’s power, and he was dead! And there are many, many more people God used we could mention here. Yet because of their weaknesses, we see the power and strength of God through all of them.
1 Peter 2:9-10: “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. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
God doesn’t call the people who are ready to do great things; He readies us to fulfill His great plan. Once we did not have a home, but now we have an everlasting home. Once we were sinners, but now we are God’s children. Once we were lost in sin, but now we are God’s lights. We are worthy because Jesus was worthy.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” –Jesus, Matthew 5:14.