Misfits

by The Mad Preacher

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of Godround_hole_square_peg_6617
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God[1]

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit―fruit that 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.

(1 Samuel 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 had 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 snub 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.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

What does God look for when He recruits someone? Well, to begin with, we must understand something 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. God’s not necessarily looking for one 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 the ministry, they’re not necessarily needed to qualify for God’s team of mighty men and women.

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

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

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

He’s seeking one 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)

[1] Fingerprints Of God – Steven Curtis Chapman from his album, Speechless ©1999 Sparrow Song (a div. of EMI Christian Music Publishing) Peach Hill Songs

[2] Just as I Am, Without One Plea written by A.H. Brown and Charlotte Elliott, Public Domain

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