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Harvest Daily - May 3, 2005

May 3

Unexpected People


No one may boast before Him. 

—1 Corinthians 1:29



What kind of qualities does God look for in the man or the woman that He uses?  Is He looking for a towering intellect?  Is He concerned with how many certificates you have hanging on your wall?  Do you have to be a born leader? 


Throughout Scripture and throughout the history of the Christian church we find that God has done unexpected things with unexpected people.  He has accomplished extraordinary things through ordinary people.  He chose David, a young shepherd boy, to lead the nation Israel.  He wanted someone to lead an army, and He chose a coward, Gideon.  It’s almost as though the Lord was going out of His way to pick someone and raise him up. 


The Apostle Paul explained to the church in Corinth that God chooses ordinary people so everyone could see that the glory belongs to God:


For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. (1 Corinthians 1:26–29)


When I came to Christ, I was not a sports star or a rock musician or somebody important.  I was just a mixed up 17-year old kid.  Anything good that has come out of my life has been the work of God.  It’s the truth, anybody can see it plainly.  So that means we all qualify.  God can use ordinary people to touch the world.  Let Him use you, and watch what God can do!


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