Have you ever noticed how God chooses the people he’d send for an important mission? More often than not, these chosen people seem to be the most unlikely ones for the job. Take the example of his chosen disciples. Most of them are simple fishermen. He could have chosen more educated men, priests, or more influential men so as to help him spread the message of the Gospel more expediently. But He did not. Instead, God chose the humblest amongst his people and ignored the claims of the proud.
Why does God choose the most unlikely people for the job?
1. God often use the weakest among us so that we’d know how His power works. If He would always choose only the brightest and the strongest men, people may soon forget from whom true leadership and power comes from. People would look up to men instead of looking up to God.
What is wrong with this? If there are men who are really competent and able, what is wrong with looking up to their qualifications alone? It is not that they have no capacity for the job, but that no matter how good or excellent people could be, even if we become the best in our fields of expertise, our capacities and powers are still limited. There would come a time when you’ll find that even if you have the best tools, those tools aren’t enough to accomplish your task. That is why people often blame their leaders no matter how hard they seem to try. People blame them because they’ve felt frustrated, because the people they chose are but human and imperfect after all.
We can search for hope in the strongest of places, and in the best of people, and they shall fall one by one. Only God suffices. Only God.
2. God does not look at the external qualifications men look at in choosing the best people for the job. What are these qualifications we look for? Intelligence, wit, charm, strength, wealth, fame, power – such are the things that make us put our faith in men. But God knows better. God knows He can bestow all these things to anyone, and so He looks for one quality we often fail to see. God looks at the heart. God looks at our willingness to do good and to put our trust in Him. God looks at our willingness to be used for the best possible intentions God could ever have for us.
Take a look at what God said to His prophet Samuel while he was looking for the next king of Israel:
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Have you ever felt unworthy of being called for a mission? Take heart, for God can use even the weakest among us in order to accomplish his greatest plans. It is not how you look, or how strong or talented you are, or how old you are that matters. What matters is that you are willing – that is all that is asked of you.