I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more.
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 9:19
Does Christ still use simple folks like us to change the world? Edith would say yes.
Edith Hayes was a spry eighty-year-old with thinning white hair, a wiry five-foot frame, and an unquenchable compassion for South Florida’s cancer patients. I was fresh out of seminary in 1979 and sitting in an office of unpacked books when she walked in and introduced herself: “My name is Edith, and I help cancer patients.” She extended her hand. I offered a chair. She politely declined. “Too busy. You’ll see my team here at the church building every Tuesday morning. You’re welcome to come, but if you come, we’ll put you to work.” . . .
Edith rented an alley apartment, lived on her late husband’s pension, wore glasses that magnified her pupils, and ducked applause like artillery fire.
God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. Don’t let Satan convince you otherwise. He will try. He will tell you that God has an IQ requirement or an entry fee. That he employs only specialists and experts, governments and high-powered personalities. When Satan whispers such lies, dismiss him with this truth: God stampeded the first-century society with swaybacks, not thoroughbreds. Before Jesus came along, the disciples were loading trucks, coaching soccer, and selling Slurpee drinks at the convenience store. Their collars were blue, and their hands were calloused, and there is no evidence that Jesus chose them because they were smarter or nicer than the guy next door. The one thing they had going for them was a willingness to take a step when Jesus said, “Follow me.”
Are you more dinghy than cruise ship? More stand-in than movie star? More plumber than executive? More blue jeans than blue blood? Congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you.
~ OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE
Lord Jesus, thank you for not calling the qualified but qualifying those you call. You don’t require us to be a specialist or an expert to be used by you. You simply choose those who will follow you. You don’t stipulate diplomas or dollars or dignity. You simply ask for dedication. You choose to change the world through simple folks like me who are willing to say yes. Thank you, amen.
Now all the glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
~ EPHESIANS 3:20 [NLT]