Does God Need Us to be Great?

Does God need us to be great in order for us to be used by Him? While many people have attempted to do great things for God He often chooses those who are "looked over" by society to do great deeds.

The short answer is NO. God doesn't need greatness in order to do great things. He often chooses ordinary people and even people that might appear unqualified to the human eye. But God sees things differently. 1 Samuel 16:7b says " looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." Good looks inward when our focus is so often on the outward appearance.

When Jesus chose the 12 disciples he chose ordinary  men that most others would deem unfit. But it also says Jesus prayed and sought God before He chose the apostles. God often chose people with flawed character throughout the Old testament and New testament to do miraculous things. God does want our best and we should use our abilities and intellect always to further advance His kingdom. But God can use anyone who is available and has a pure heart.

"For consider your calling, brothers and sisters, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the insignificant things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no human may boast before God."
1 Corinthians 1:26-29

We are reminded that even though we might not be influential in life or wise by human standards God can you use us to change the world.

Many people pursue fame and acclaim and attempt to do the work of God using human strength and wisdom. In the end we must remember that unless God builds the church we labor in vain.

Let's continually remind ourselves that God uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

I really appreciate the following quote.

"God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called." - unknown

May we all be enthusiastic and deeply committed to carrying out God's will in us and through us. Let us not seek greatness rather let us seek to see Jesus high and lifted up.

Pastor Derek Forseth
Joshua 1:9