Silence. Blank faces. A slow cringe surfacing across your face. This is the aftermath of a poorly told joke at a party. Your joke. Right about now, you want to melt into a liquid resembling the contents of the punch bowl. You feel awkward. You just can’t seem to manage to “fit in.”
While you see your friends advancing in their careers and getting married, are you still working at Bob’s Burgers? Are you crying into the carton of chocolate ice cream you just finished? On a Saturday night. At home. Alone. Do you list “I once binged all three Lord of the Rings movies and Hobbit films within the same 24 hours” under the special skills list on your resume? Me too.
If any of the above sounded relatable, welcome to “Club Misfit.” Please, have a seat.
Good news, our plethora of non-skills may qualify us for the most honorable job possible:serving Christ.
Sure, anyone who wants to serve the Lord can, but there’s an overwhelming pattern to who Jesus chose to hang with throughout the New Testament. And who God chose to lead his people in the Old Testament. Namely, people who were weak, from poor families, socially awkward, and overall misfits. God used those points of unremarkable features to tell His story.
Let’s take a looksy at some specifics:
God used Moses, a dude scared to death of public speaking, to lead Israel out of Egypt (Exodus
King David, a man still revered by both the Jews and the Christian church, started out as a shepherd boy. At the time, being a shepherd was one of the worst jobs a person could have. David was young and scrappy. His family even kind of pretended he didn’t exist (1 Samuel 16-17).
1 Samuel 16:11
‘And Samuel said to Jesse [David’s dad], “Are these all your children?” And he said, “There
remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.”’
David went from being left in the fields and forgotten by his folks to being the most revered King in Israel’s history. God used David not for His status or His stature, but for his devout heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).
Then there’s King Josiah, the eight-year-old God used to lead His people (2 Kings 22:1-2).
Skip forward to Jesus’ birth, mothered by a 13-year-old girl from Nazareth (the town was
considered the arm pit of Israel) (Luke 1: 26-38).
Then, instead of holding auditions or a professional draft on Jerusalem’s NFL network (New Followers League), Jesus chose His followers from the “social sewers”. Fishermen. Distained tax collectors (Mark 1:16-20, Matthew 8:18-22, Mark 2:15-17).
“Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also
sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.”
Then there was Paul, who killed Christians as his hobby of choice before coming to know Jesus
These are just a few of the more well-known examples. Also, the Bible specifically mentions many women, which is remarkable. This is because, at the time, they were considered greatly inferior to men. Yet God used them greatly, showing His character through them (Ruth, Esther, Rahab, Deborah, Mary Magdalene, etc.).
The point is that God can, and wants to, use you, no matter your social status, sinful past, or lack of skill. When the rest of the world rejects us, Christ has a special place at His side just waiting for us. All we have to do is choose to take it, repenting and devoting ourselves to Him. In our weakness, He can be shown stronger. He is shown better in the not-so-great parts of our lives than if we were strong ourselves.
1 Corinthians 1:27
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
Even if you still are working at Bob’s Burgers and only have two followers on Instagram (your
mom and grandma), God wants to use you. He can use you greater than a multi-millionaire with 2 million Instagram followers. Because the latter is already “strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in
weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.”
The only thing required is your willingness to serve Him fully.
Again, welcome to “Club Misfit.” Where Christ is waiting to recruit you for His many