The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

The Lord uses the unlikely, and I’m a prime example. I’ve never considered myself a writer because I’ve always struggled to write well. It was a surprise when God asked me to start a daily blog.

Peter was an ordinary fisherman, not a theological scholar, when Jesus called him to become a fisher of men. Matthew was an unpopular tax collector before he was called as a disciple. The Lord uses the unlikely.

I believe the Lord loves to use people that the world thinks are unlikely because God doesn’t think like the world. God often calls people that the world would consider deplorable and uses them despite their lack of skill. These end up as people of faith because they need to depend on God not themselves.

Jephthah was an Example of an Unlikely Warrior

Jephthah’s mother was a prostitute and his half-brothers kicked him out of the house. Judges 11:2 You will not get any of our father’s inheritance,” they said, “for you are the son of a prostitute.” So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Soon he had a band of worthless rebels following him. [1]

God created Jephthah and had a plan for his life. It didn’t surprise God when Jephthah’s family disowned him. No one expected Jephthah to become a mighty warrior for God, but remember, the Lord uses the unlikely.

The Lord Can Use an Unlikely Person like You

You might think that the Lord couldn’t possibly use you. You don’t think you have any special skill or ability.  God sees beyond our preconceived ideas of who we think we are and draws us into the realm of who we were created to be. God is like a sculptor who sees a great work of art in the raw material. Is the Lord calling you? Are you to be an example of how the Lord uses the unlikely? Remember, it is the Lord who is shaping and empowering you.

The Apostle Paul gives insight into how the Lord uses the unlikely. 1 Corinthians 1: 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. [2]  

Prayer

Lord I sense that You are calling me to do something I don’t fill comfortable with or qualified for. Please give me the courage to step out in faith and to trust You for greater things in my life then I could ever imagine or desire. Thank you, Lord, that you use unlikely people like me to build your Kingdom. Amen.

To hear more on how God uses the unlikely, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jephthah


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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