Gideon said to him, "Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan's the weakest in Manasseh and I'm the runt of the litter." Judges 6:15 (MSG)
Consider, for a moment, some of the "heroes" of God's story:
- Jacob: the younger son, a deceiver, becomes the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.
- Joseph: the youngest of Jacob's sons, became the most powerful man in Egypt and saved the nation.
- Moses: an orphan and a murderer on the lam (with speech impediment to boot) leads Israel out of bondage and delivers God's law.
- Deborah: a woman leads Israel in a time when women had about as much social standing as livestock.
- Gideon: the "run of the litter" leads Israel to defeat the Midianites.
- David: the youngest, smallest son of Jesse becomes the greatest King of Israel, through whom Jesus would be born. All this despite being an adulterer and murder.
- Solomon: the youngest son of David, born out of a scandalous marriage to Bathsheba, becomes the most powerful king in Israel's history.
- Mary: a young girl with no social standing, becomes the mother of Jesus.
- Jesus disciples: an eclectic, rag-tag group of uneducated misfits would turn the world upside down sharing the good news of Jesus.
- Paul: a murderer and persecutor of Christians becomes the most influential follower and apostle of Jesus.
Anyone see a pattern?
As human beings, I've noticed that we are quick to believe the most negative things about ourselves. "God would never use me. I'm not sure God even loves me. I could never to anything worthwhile for God. I'm too…worthless, sinful, ugly, small, fat, dumb, short, stupid, dirty, weak, sick, poor, young, old, sinful, untalented, unknown, unlucky, unimportant, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera."
Look at the list again.
Join the club.