For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
- 1 Corinthians 15:9-11
Now when the Lord spoke to Moses in Egypt, he said to him, “I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”
- Exodus 6:28-30
Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.
- Genesis 48:10
“The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t claim to be sanctified; I’m not a saint.’ But to say that before God means, ‘No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are opportunities I have not had and so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.’ That may sound wonderfully humble to others, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.
“Conversely, the things that sound humble before God may sound exactly the opposite to people. To say, ‘Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,’ is in God’s eyes the purest expression of humility. It means you have so completely surrendered yourself to God that you know He is true. Never worry about whether what you say sounds humble before others or not. But always be humble before God, and allow Him to be your all in all.
“There is only one relationship that really matters, and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life.”
- Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
As Mark Lowry has said, why do we go around trying to find God. He isn’t lost. God found me.
That’s the way it works! God finds us, and He adopts us into His family.
But why? Why would God find me? As Chambers talks about the false humility, that humility within us about how much of a screw up that we are, why would God choose us?
There is much of my life where I find myself, in the present or looking into the past, as someone least likely to carry the torch toward God’s Olympic Games. Why me?
But once you can wrap your head around it, if that is possible (but it seemed Chambers accomplished it) once you accept that the great I AM chose little ole’ me, how can you sit down? How can you stand on the sidelines and watch? I need to shout it! I need to praise Him. Little Ole’ Me, who has nothing to offer, was chosen by God. He worked hard on me. I resisted greatly. I stumbled in my journey, but God chose me?! Oh, the wonder of it all.
Have you ever been in a sea of faces looking at the performer on the stage and he chooses you?
That happened to me once at Branson, MO. A ventriloquist did a trio based on a song by The Supremes, but he needed two other Supremes. I guess he had forgotten his two dummies. He needed two “dummies” from the audience, two other guys. I felt like a fool, and probably looked worse when, in a flash, the foam body suit slid over me on stage and I was suddenly an overweight Supreme with a mustache in a glittery evening gown, at least in the front. The shoulder straps and the plastic wig were the only parts that I wore, and the evening gown and ample curves hung in front. I only opened my mouth when the ventriloquist signaled me, but then in hearing the song hundreds of times in my lifetime, I knew when to “sing” my line. I am glad there was no one taking any pictures, at least I hope not.
That night, I wondered, “Why me?” I did not wish to be on stage, especially on stage as a “dummy.”
But take the same sea of expectant faces, and it is God on stage wanting to adopt you. Would that not be glorious? Would that not be worth continuous praise as long as we continued to have breath?
Oh, the wonder of God wanting me!
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.