JACOB: God had to choose between Jacob, a man who desired the birthright so much he would cheat for it, and Esau, who so lightly regarded it that he would forfeit it for a bowl of soup. Yet he used Jacob to bring forth the nation of Israel. ABRAHAM: Abraham was to be the father of many nations. When he received this revelation from God, he fell on his face and laughed in unbelief (Genesis 17 :1-3). Later, this great man of faith lied to the enemy and claimed Sara was his sister because he feared for his life. In spite of this, Abraham was called the "friend of God" and became the father of many nations. MOSES: His disobedience kept him from the Promised Land, yet he liberated two million people from bondage in Egypt and led them through the wilderness according to the plan of God. DAVID: He took another man's wife and murdered the man to cover his sin, yet he was called "a man after God's own heart" and God gave Him the kingdom . GIDEON: Gideon was harvesting wheat in hiding for fear of the enemy when God called Him to be the deliverer of Israel (Judges 6). ORDINARY PEOPLE God uses ordinary people to fulfill His will. When Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine, He asked ordinary men to fill ordinary water pots. When He multiplied bread and fish He gave it to ordinary men who then fed the multitude. When Jesus was about to perform what was perhaps the greatest miracle in His ministry, that of raising Lazarus from the dead, He depended on men to move the stone from the entrance of the grave. Didn't the same God who raised Lazarus have the power to remove the stone from the entrance? Yes, but God has always used men to fulfill His plan . His methods are men. God calls ordinary men and makes them extraordinary. He moves men and women from spectators to participators in His plan.
Becoming A Visionary Christian