1 Corinthians 1:26-29 – 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. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Not many were wise, influential, or of noble birth. Many were considered fools, weak and lowly. Yet God chose shepherd boys, fishermen, tax collectors, harlots and the least of their clan for some of His greatest tasks. His Son’s birth was less than noble, His profession was “blue collar” at first, then an itinerant preacher with no home or place to lay His head. He was so influential that they crucified Him, because they could not accept His wisdom.
We tend to think of the wise, influential and noble as the movers and the shakers. But God can use even the foolish, weak and lowly. Billy Graham perhaps led more people to the Lord than anyone else in all of history. We admire him for this, as we should. Yet just as important was the man who led Billy Graham to the Lord. One “man” influenced twelve “no accounts,” whose small hands moved the wheels of the world turning it upside down. The eyes of the great were on Rome. The eyes of the Greatest were on His Son and the ones He chose to carry out His task when He was gone.
“This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.” (The Council of Elrond, from The Lord of the Rings).
My Advice – Do not think because you are not the wisest person, or the most influential person or a person of noble birth that you cannot be used by God for wise, influential and noble tasks. It may seem little to you and little to others. But if it came from God it means a great deal. It may seem little more than the gentle puff caused by a butterfly’s wings here and now, but it just might be this “butterfly effect” that figuratively “moves the wheels of the world.” God may not call all of us to do great things, but He will call us to do essential things, that He Himself prepared in advance for us (just for us) to do. We are not called to be famous (although we might be), but we are called to be faithful. “Small hands do them because they must.”