I am a leader of a ladies small group that after a long round table of discussion and voting, we affectionately named ourselves G.L.A.M. which stands for God’s Ladies Anointed for Ministry. I should probably tell you that this group of ladies consists of former gossipers, clubbers, fornicators, drinkers, liars, judgers and with some of us still struggling with that and more. Now, you may ask yourself after knowing that “How can THEY be anointed for any kind of ministry?” We had the same question! Have you ever said to God “I am the weakest link! Do you really want me to believe I can be used amongst other Christians that are so strong? Have you seen what I have been involved in? Do you really think I can spread your gospel and love with my past?” And what is God’s response?…
“Don’t you think I know you are the weakest link? Why do you think I give you grace in your weakness? (2 Cor. 12:9)” God has so much confidence in us. He does not hang our sins and our past ways over our heads. (Ps. 103:12) By not “having it all together”, that is even more reason to make sure God gets all of the glory! Our big brother Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:7-8 “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.” (which is G.L.A.M.’s theme verses) Have you ever felt like Paul when you realized you could be used to share the gospel of Christ even with a far less-than-perfect track record?
When showing the love of Christ, we have to be transparent enough to show our past struggle, or maybe even a current struggle in order to aid in someone else’s progress. How many times did you want someone to say to you “I did that before” or “I know exactly what you are talking about because…” or even “You didn’t know me when I used to…” just to make you more comfortable and give you hope in your current situation. Don’t be so selfish with your freedom in Christ that you are ashamed to use your testimony to help get others out of bondage and darkness. There should be no shame with being the least qualified, because with God you are well equipped. Confidently walk in it.