“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Juday,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”
–Micah 5:2, NASB
Have you ever thought that you were too small, or too unimportant, for God to care about? This is a thought that has often plagued my own mind. “God, I’m a nobody. What can you do with me?” Yet still, He gives me more to do.
I believe that God often looks for the ones who are overlooked, in order for His glory to shine the most. Jesus spoke on the mountain, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, … God blesses those who are humble” (Matthew 5: 3 & 5, NLT). It’s the people that the world looks down upon, that God’s power shines through the most.
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
–Matthew 5:3, NLT
If you are doubting your worth, or do not understand how God can use you, remember this: God created you. “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139: 13, NASB). He cares deeply for you and created you with a purpose. I do not know what that purpose is. I even have a hard time knowing my own purpose. Yet I still trust that God will continue to show me why He put me on this earth. During this Advent season, let us pray for God to help us learn the reason why we are here.
Receiving a call on your life is a very powerful moment and feeling. I remember mine to become a worship leader. Answering God’s call is a very important thing for us to do as we seek to become closer to His heart.
To me, one of the most powerful moments in the Bible is Paul’s conversion (Acts 9). Before, Saul of Tarsus spent his life chasing down the Church and arresting and killing Christians. Until one day, on his way to Damascus, Saul was struck by lightning and God said to him “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4 NASB). Saul was confused, he thought he was doing God’s will. So he asked who was speaking to him, and the answer came “I am Jesus”. After this encounter Saul was blind. He was lead into Damascus until a man named Ananias came to him, healed his sight, baptized him, and delivered God’s call on his life.
I was reading a book this morning called Then Sing My Soul by Robert Morgan. It is a book that talks about several hymns. Today I was reading about Be Thou My Vision. Here Morgan discusses St. Patrick. After having lived a life where he was sold into slavery in Ireland, he escaped and returned home to England. Patrick then had a dream of an Irishman begging for him to come back to Ireland, but this time as a missionary. His family pleaded with him not to go, but he did return to Ireland with only his Bible. He planted about 200 churches and saw 100,000 converts to Christianity. Patrick is seen as one of the most important evangelicals of all time.
So where does that leave us? Paul and Patrick both became great persons of faith, and simply answered God’s call upon their lives. Can you imagine a world where they hadn’t? God has placed on your life a purpose and a calling. It may not be to go and turn a whole country to Christianity, it may not be to lead arenas is singing His praises. It may not be anything that you would view as grand and important. But I can honestly tell you, if God wants you to do something, it is important. If you don’t know what that purpose is, then spend some time in prayer. Ask Him what job He has for you. God doesn’t create anything without a purpose, and that includes you and I. So seek out your calling, and ask God to lead you to it.