God chose Paul.
Here was a short, bald, bow-legged, hook-nosed, uni-browed Roman Jew with a huge Napoleon complex and a neo-Nazi zeal to exterminate the followers of Jesus Christ. Yet God chose Paul.
God chooses whom He chooses and it is not our position to question God. He chooses the most unlikely people from the most unlikely places to play roles they never imagined possible.
God chose a shepherd boy named David to be the king of Israel and He promised that one day, the Lord of all mankind would sit upon David’s throne. When the angel came to God’s chosen young virgin Mary, he told her of the child she would bear:
He will be great and He will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. Luke 1:32
He chose Jacob, the wimpy, hairless, pasty-faced mama’s boy who liked to spend time in the kitchen cooking soup. God transformed him into a great leader, renamed him Israel and chose him to sire the twelve tribes and through his line, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Savior of ALL mankind, Jesus Christ, would come.
I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:13-15
God chose twelve unlikely men from diverse backgrounds to be the constant companions of Jesus during His earthly ministry. They were not just His followers, they were His friends.
I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
God chose Moses, a murderer, to deliver the Hebrews from the cruel bondage of the Egyptians. Moses, who had a speech impediment and had been thrown out of Egypt did not want to be chosen.
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:10-13
Moses was fully aware of his unworthiness to be called by God and though he became one of the greatest leaders of all history, he never lost his meekness and humility before the Lord.
Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3
God chose Gideon to deliver Israel from the Midianites and the Amalekites and He sent an angel to Gideon to deliver the message.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12
Problem was, Gideon, like Moses, did not want to be chosen.
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Judges 6:15
He knew the battle with the blood-thirsty Midianites and Amalekites would not be easy. They were idolaters, murderers, robbers and thieves, descending on the land and stripping it bare, destroying everything that ventured into their path. Gideon wanted God’s absolute assurance that He was indeed calling him into action and that He would assuredly give him the victory over the enemies of Israel. So Gideon asked for a sign and God gave him a sign. But Gideon wanted to be absolutely, most certainly, utterly, doubly sure so he asked God for another sign.
Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised – look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew – a bowlful of water.
Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and the ground be covered with dew. That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry: all the ground was covered with dew. Judges 6:36-40
Gideon was wringing that fleece like wet dishrag, wanting assurance from God of victory and perhaps hoping while he was wringing out the fleece that God would get tired of dealing with him and choose someone else. But God chose Gideon and by Gideon’s hand a great victory was won.
I’ve been there, I’ve wrung out a few fleeces in my time and yet God continued to call me and as Isaiah, I finally responded “Here am I, send me.” Isaiah 6:8
Is God calling you into action or service? Are you “wringing out a fleece” and asking for a sign over and over again just hoping that He chooses someone else? My friend, the reason God is calling isn’t about you, it is much bigger than you can possibly imagine.
God’s call to Paul wasn’t about Paul, it was to bring the message of salvation to the Gentiles and the world.
God’s call to David wasn’t about David, it was to establish a royal lineage for Jesus Christ.
God’s call to Jacob wasn’t about Jacob, it was to establish the nation of Israel and bring the blessing of salvation through Jesus Christ to all mankind.
God’s call to the disciples wasn’t about the disciples, it was to create an evangelism of the gospel to a lost and dying world.
God’s call to Moses wasn’t about Moses, it was to deliver the Hebrew nation from the bondage of Egypt and bring them into the Promised Land of Canaan.
God’s call to Gideon wasn’t about Gideon, it was to save the nation of Israel from blood-thirsty marauders.
God’s call to you isn’t about you, it is about HIM.
Get over yourself. He hasn’t chosen you because you are some great, important, influential or good-looking talent. He has chosen you because there is a job to be done. He has chosen you because He has chosen you and that’s all you need to know.
There is no imagining the impact of your submission to God’s will on the lives and eternal souls you may reach by answering His call. Do not hesitate. Stop wringing out the fleece. Stand up boldly and put on the full armor of God and answer with the words of Isaiah,
Here am I, send me.
May you be blessed today, my friends, and if I don’t meet you here, I hope to meet you over there!