“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 

God isn’t waiting for us to be stronger or smarter to use us. He actually is quite happy to use us right here and right now. Just as we are: Simple, poor, and weak, with all of our insecurities, poor communication skills, and mess-ups. That may seem backwards if you are used to how the world operates, but that is grace, and it is the theme God has chosen throughout history.

Joseph was the baby of the family–picked on by his brothers who eventually sold him into slavery. God chose Joseph to save the nation of Egypt. (and more–to save his own family as well.)

Moses, who was insecure about even speaking, was God’s chosen instrument to lead His people to the Promised Land.

David was the smallest and weakest of the brothers when God called him: But God did choose Him, calling him “a man after my own heart.”

Paul, the one who hated Christians, became God’s tool to bring many to Christ and also to write much of the New Testament.

Peter? Well, after he denied Jesus, God still chose to use him to build the church.

The stories go on and on.

Though our intentions may be good, we Christians tend to get caught up in our own righteousness. We want to do better, sound better, and look better.

But what if we took our eyes off of our self, and shifted our focus to simply being available to God. What if we humbly acknowledged that indeed — we never WILL be good enough? Holy enough, strong or smart enough.

Because that is when God can really go to work in us. 2 Corinthians 5:12 says it the best: His power is made perfect in our weakness.