Galatians 1:22-24 – I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me.
I love that God uses the unlikely to bring glory to His name. He could have used anyone to send out to preach the Gospel and write several books of the New Testament, yet He still decided to use Paul. The same Paul who persecuted those who believed in Jesus. God looked past His sins, forgetting the weight of his history and terrible mistakes.
Why would He use Paul?
Because God knew that the people of Judea would give God the glory for this miracle. He knew that the many people who would read about Paul in the years to come would see the beauty of our God – the God of grace and mercy. He knew that if He used the most unlikely person, people would see just a glimpse of what He was truly capable of.
So don’t write yourself off, because God hasn’t. If you think you’re unlikely to be used by God, you’re more than wrong. God wants to use you to bring glory to His name – in ways bigger than you could ever imagine. You’re not too young or too old. You’re not too unfaithful or too uneducated. Your unlikeliness to be used in man’s eyes makes you all the more likely to be used by God.
But like Paul, you have to be willing to be used – open for God’s Word and ready to obey.