As a pastor, I’m often around many types of people. Whether they are members of the church, employees of the church, members of the community, etc., I’m around people of all walks of life. I’ve often found that there are two types of people. Those who hold themselves in high regard, and those who think they are “nobodys”. The ones that really think they are “God’s gift to this world”, are the ones I don’t often spend a lot of time with. The main reason being is that I tend to find myself on the other side of the fence. When I make mistakes, which often happens to me, I don’t do very well shaking the feeling of “worthlessness”. That is why I find this passage so encouraging:
Romans 4:16b-18 (Message)
“For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father. We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
It is GREAT to know that Abraham was a NOBODY, just like me! He wasn’t perfect, and God’s decision to use him was NOT based on him being a “saint” or having a unique skill set. Abraham made plenty of stupid mistakes! He just trusted God and had faith that God had perfect control of everything. Life is SO much easier when we realize that God is in control, and He has already taken care of every issue we will face. If we are simply focused on Him and truly trust Him, even in the worst circumstances we face, God says:
“(Abraham) dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.”
God can make “something out of nothing.” That makes me feel better about my life, my ministry, my job, my family, my friends, my spouse and kids, etc! Bring nothing to the table, and God can turn it into something better than YOU could have dreamed it to be! I LOVE it!