Summary: God uses "rookies". It is more important to be available for God use than to have the abilities to do it. (article)

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God wants Rookies

By Lisa

How often do you compare yourself to others? When was the last time you stopped short of doing something because you doubted your abilities?

It seems instinctive to compare our selves to others. But when we do, often we feel we don’t measure up. There will always be someone more knowledgeable, more gifted or more experienced than us, but what really matters to God?

In short, it’s really simple: The heart.

David was the youngest son in his family and had seven older brothers. Three of them served the king as warriors in the army. While his big, strong brothers fought wars, David got stuck watching the sheep. Even when the prophet Samuel came to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king of Israel, David’s dad didn’t even think to have him at the feast. To Samuel, handsome firstborn Eliab seemed like the obvious choice. But God saw things differently.

1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart."

Later when David fought Goliath, his brave and willing heart had more faith in God’s power than anyone else. David came on the battle scene as just an errand boy for his father. When he saw Goliath mocking Israel and his God, he stepped up. He wasn’t trained in combat. He wasn’t skilled with weapons. He owned no spear, sword, shield or armor. His brothers and King Saul thought it was totally ridiculous for a sheep-herding, teenager to fight the nine-foot, nine-inch battle hero. Who wouldn’t? But David’s courage was unbroken.

David didn’t compare himself to his strapping brothers, or to his experienced enemy. He knew God’s power was enough to triumph. With one well-placed stone the giant fell. God honored his availability over his ability and Israel was victorious. David’s courage and God’s power killed the Philistine’s champion and the enemy ran in terror.

Israel’s army was empowered. They shouted a battle cry and chased the Philistines back to their city gates. Then they came back and plundered the abandoned battle encampment.

The impact of David’s available heart had far-reaching influence. When we do what God wants without being sidelined with fear of our inabilities, we not only please God, we inspire others too. It takes nerve to do what God wants, but it takes real bravery to do want God wants when our abilities don’t match what is needed for the job. This faith in God’s power gives courage to others.

When it comes to serving God, it actually helps if our abilities are no match for the task at hand. When we take on something we know we can’t do without God’s help, we depend on Him more for the outcome. Our lack of ability helps us remember to rely on God for success. It keeps us humble. Our available hearts should be empty of pride and eagerly relying on God’s strength. Then we are people God can and will use.

God doesn’t check out our resume before He lets us serve Him and it doesn’t matter to Him what other people think. In fact, God is looking for rookies. A rookie who says like David, “…the battle is the Lord’s.” Sometimes only the least able will be willing to fully have the faith God desires. God honors and blesses the faith of the available not just the gifts of the able. Those with amazing abilities often think they don’t need God’s help that much. God is not pleased with that kind of attitude. He’s looking for a willing spirit minus the self-reliance.

The apostle Paul spoke of inabilities too. He was plagued with a problem he called “a thorn in the flesh” and prayed to God three times for relief. Then God comforted him with words that can help us too:

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So because of Christ, I am pleased in weaknesses, in insults, in catastrophes, in persecutions, and in pressures. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

When we are tempted to balk at a challenge or compare ourselves to other Christians, we must remember that God uses the available heart of a rookie that is humble in His sight.

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Note: Holman Christian Standard Bible used for Scriptures

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