Saintly material

Then the LORD ’s messenger came and sat under the oak at Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to hide it from the Midianites. The LORD ’s messenger appeared to him and said, “ The LORD is with you, mighty warrior! ” ~Judges 6:11-12 (CEB)

I am so thankful that God sees me for more than who I am. Gideon’s story always reminds me that God sees us not as we are but what we can become. The stories in the Bible show us that we can all be saintly material; we just have to be willing to go where we are asked and do what we are sent to do.

James C, Howell in his book Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs, reminds us that “Saints do not possess an extra layer of muscle. They are not taller, and they do not sport superior IQs. They are not richer, and their parents are not more clever than yours or mine. They have no batlike perception that enables them to fly in the dark. They are flesh and blood, just like you and me, no stronger, no more intelligent. And that is the point. They simply offer themselves to God, knowing they are not the elite, fully cognizant that they are inadequate to the task, that their abilities are limited and fallible.”

Give me the strength this day O Lord to be the person that You see me to be. Help me to be willing to do Your will and to seek Your truths. May all I do be for Your glory. Amen.

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