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Why God Uses Underdogs

Why God Uses Underdogs

Throughout history, God has used underdogs to do his bidding. You have runts like Gideon, religious persecutors like Paul, and shepherds like David. The list could go on, as just about every major figure God uses in the Bible has a major flaw or weakness.

The religious crowd would have it another way. The Pharisees - both the literal Pharisees and the metaphorical Pharisees of today - would prefer that the family of God be more like superheroes than ragamuffins. Act nice, dress nice, and smile big. The problem is, that's an act.

We're all broken.

We are sin sick. We sabotage ourselves and victimize other people. Our bodies are breaking down and our loved ones suffer alongside us. We aren't just underdogs, we're a mess. (There are many who don't admit this, however. And if you're one of them, allow yourself to be terrified by your lack of self awareness.)

Notwithstanding all that brokenness, God uses us to do amazing things. Some of us have a hand in creating and rearing children, eternal beings made in God's image. Some of us have the opportunity to teach others about God and his gospel. All of us influence other people and our lives impact others in big ways for good or ill. We may be worn out and faulty instruments, but God sure makes it work.

Here's the thing. If God wanted to create a race of perfectly strong, righteous, and wise people to do his work he could do that. But he uses us instead. Why?

First of all, we're his children. We are eternally planned. And thus, even though things went bad in The Garden and even though we willingly rebel against God's plans, we are still his children. Those whom he foreknew, he predestined to become like Jesus and to be members of the household of God (see Romans 8:29). So, sin or no sin, those of us who are Christ followers are blood-bought members of the household of God.

Second, using broken instruments shows God's power. It shows that he does not rely upon the strength of men to accomplish his purposes, because he is incomprehensibly more powerful and purposeful than we can imagine. He'll do what he wants to do.

This is all very good news for you and me. God is sovereign, meaning he reigns over all. And that means even when our lives are painful, messy, and chaotic he is still at work. It means we cannot thwart his plans and that if we'll just hang on, press forward, and pay attention - we will see the fingerprints of our Creator making masterpieces out of mud.

Because no matter the instruments he uses, God's plans will come to fruition.

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