Misfits

by The Mad Preacher,

Rod Davis

I can see the fingerprints of God                                                                                 When I look at you                                                                                                              I can see the fingerprints of God And I know it’s true                                                         You’re a masterpiece                                                                                                    That all creation quietly applauds                                                                                        And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God

Fingerprints Of God – Steven Curtis Chapman [1]

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit defaultthat will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” –Jesus (John 15:16)

I love this description of the men who would one day be called “David’s mighty men.”

All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented [The Hebrew means “to be bitter of soul”] gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him. (1Samual 22:2)

Imagine this if you will; the US Marine Corps announces a snappy new recruiting slogan. “The Marines are looking for a few stressed-out, bankrupt, bitter men. The few, the losers… the Marines!” If we would be honest, most of us could be counted among those called David’s mighty men. Indeed, we’ve all have our seasons of personal difficulty. I must confess that I have experienced distress, indebtedness and bitterness from time to time. However, the US Marines are not in the market for people like those described here. No, the military may not want them. Corporate America may turn away from them. Sadly in many cases, churches don’t want them either. Ah… but God does. God doesn’t ignore them but rather, gladly embraces them.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Jesus (Matthew 11:28)

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 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. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore,as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1Coranthians 1:26-31)

What does God look for when He recruits someone? Well to begin with, there is something we must understand about God. He’s not a talent scout. In other words, you can come to him empty-handed, feeling like you have nothing special to offer. For God’s not necessarily looking for someone who has great personal talent, charisma, or influence. Although those qualities can be used greatly when they’re submitted to God, both in the corporate world as well as in the ministry, they’re not necessarily needed to qualify us for God’s team of mighty men and women.

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you arethe potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

God is on a continual quest. But he’s not looking for a stone—someone who’s hard and set in his ways. God is looking for a piece of clay—someone who is pliable in God’s hands. He desires someone He can mold and shape into the image of His son, Jesus—the original societal reject. God’s looking for someone who is willing to put aside all claims to self-sufficiency and then clothe themselves with God-sufficiency.

Just as I am, without one plea, But that your blood was shed for me[2]

God is seeking someone with the keen realization that the battle is the Lord’s and victory and success in life comes from him alone. God’s Elite Team consists of those who make no personal claims but, rather, wholly rely on the Lord. They know that whatever impact they may have in life relies solely on their desire to walk by faith and not by sight. These are the ones he seeks—God’s Elite Team of Misfits.

…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. (Hebrews 11:33-34)

See a video of this message on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77rFg3en2RY

Look for new posts from The Mad Preacher on Saturdays

[1] Fingerprints Of God – Steven Curtis Chapman

[2] Just as I Am, Without One Plea– Charlotte Elliott and William B. Bradbury

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