God Turns the Worst into the Best
Christians are the worst! You have probably heard this at some time and maybe even said it yourself. On some levels it might even be true, but that is the beauty of it. Defending ourselves is not the point. Instead, imagine winning a Super Bowl with the worst players. That is the heart of God’s plan!
A recent article bemoaned that believers do themselves no favours. We frequently are guilty of petty jealousy, competition and division. As a group, our image is often tarnished. It’s all true. But we are not at the end of the story yet. God will destroy the kingdom of darkness with the most spectacular group of misfits possible. Now, though you might argue we are not all bad, don’t give yourself too much credit. Ultimately, God’s plan has is about showing principalities and powers He can do anything with anyone. In addition, He will not leave us as He found us.
Like King David, whose great men came from people who were in debt, distressed or discontent, God also turns us into champions (1 Sam 22:2). This is a testament to God. At the end of the day it is ultimately about who gets the glory. A coach or manager who strategically builds a winning team with losing players will get a lot of credit. God deserves all the credit and therefore has no need to stack His team with so-called champions. He can afford to start with anyone. Paul said it this way, ‘not many wise, not many mighty and not many noble’ are called (1 Corinthians 1:26). He does this precisely to confound those things that are with those things which are not.
This also was on His mind when He called Gideon’s Army and whittled them down from many thousands to three hundred. He wanted to make it clear who was responsible for the win.
“And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’”
There can be no opportunity for men to take any credit. God is going to mesmerize the whole of creation and there can be no question who did the saving. His unquestionable brilliance will be reflected in not only where this ends, but by highlighting our dismal beginnings. Although we will rule with Him forever, there will be no hesitation when it comes to casting down our crowns. He deserves the glory!