Whether you're a leader, a volunteer, someone thinking about going on a trip, or on staff at the church, it's very easy for thoughts like these to creep into your brain: because I have fallen short of God so many times, because I have screwed up and have no authority, because I have no experiences or qualifications, because I have made all these mistakes in my past... God can't use me, God won't use me, God wouldn't dare to choose me to carry out his work.
Well, I have some news for you; God has already chosen you. You are his child; you didn't have to do anything to earn his approval; you are favored. Time and time again we see the God of the Scriptures pick unlikely candidates to do amazing things for his kingdom. St. Paul was a murderer of Christians, yet he tells us in 2 Corinthians 12 that God's grace is sufficient -- it's ample, enough, adequate to overcome all things. In that chapter of Scripture, Paul readily acknowledges his own weakness -- when we look at the commandments, we can readily acknowledge our own weakness. Yet Paul says he can boast, not about himself but about the power and grace of God -- we too can boast of God for using us and choosing us, the unlikeliest of candidates, to be his ambassadors.
"I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me... for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I pray that as we continue in this message series and this season of Lent, that God's Spirit would encourage you. That because of your weakness, you may draw closer to Christ, and may come to rely upon his grace more intimately. And that through that process God would continue to use you to influence the world for Christ.