Who can God use?


Priests, judges, kings, poets, prophets, orphans, servants, cupbearers. . . shepherds, wise men  . . . widows, the elderly, young children, babies, and infants in the womb . . . rebels, royalty, military leaders, and prisoners . . . beggars, foreigners, fishermen, tax officers . . . the unwanted, the socially disgusting, the insane, the condemned, the possessed . . .  slaves, slave owners, jailers, liars, adulterers, and murderers.

God can use you, too.  No matter your past.

Brothers and sisters, 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. God 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 the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, NIV)

[1] such as Aaron

[2] such as Samuel

[3] such as Josiah

[4] such as David

[5] such as Elijah

[6] such as Esther

[7] such as Naaman’s wife’s servant

[8] Nehemiah

[9] like those who witnessed the miracle of Jesus as a baby

[10] like those who visited the young Jesus

[11] like the widow of Zarephath and Ruth

[12] such as Simeon

[13] like the child Jesus showed in His object lesson about the Kingdom of God

[14] like Isaac

[15] like John the Baptist

[16] like the rebel Simon the Zealot–zealots were rebels against the Roman control

[17] such as the royal official whose son was healed

[18] like the Roman centurion

[19] like Silas

[20] like the lepers in 2 Kings 7

[21] like the Ethiopian eunich

[22] like Andrew

[23] Matthew, for one

[24] lepers and beggars, for example

[25] the woman with menstrual bleeding, for one

[26] Nebuchadnezzar, for one

[27] the woman caught in the act of adultery, the thief on the cross

[28] like the man who cut himself with the stones

[29] Onesimus

[30] Philemon

[31] the one who helped Paul, for example

[32] Peter, for one

[33] like the man who slept with his father’s wife and was forgiven for a new start in 2 Corinthians 2:7

[34] such as Paul

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