Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small. Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like a roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: Hallelujah! For the Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
Have you ever been asked to do something but knew someone else would be better? Have you ever been in a space, watched someone easily complete a task, and thought, "Man, I wish I was a natural like that"? Do you ever not want to do something because you think someone else is far more capable? I think the real question we should be asking ourselves is: do we fear the Father? As Revelation 19:5 states, "both great and small."
It can be easy to look at those holding the microphone, the ones behind the pulpit, the ones onstage, or even the co-worker, friend, or parent and think, "Oh, God will use them mightily because they're more able to ___ than I am." It is far too easy to fall into that headspace - but let's take a look at the biblical "greats":
1. Moses: not a natural-born leader and begged God to choose someone else.
2. Joshua: led the Israelites into the Promised Land but was petrified every waking moment.
3. Gideon: lead the seemingly futile 300 Israelite army to victory over the looming Midianites, convinced God chose the wrong person. That was just three examples.
What do these three and the other "greats" have in common? They were all ordinary. But God used them mightily through powerful grace. His grace and might are available to you, just as they were.
Be you. The primary way that Jesus began the biggest movement in human history–Christianity– was by calling, developing, and sending out a handful of unqualified, untrained, and unlikely disciples. Know who you are in Him, and He will give you the ability to be great through and with Him. Be you, be great!
Be available. God cannot use those who do not have an open heart. Be available to Him in every moment, giving Him the glory He deserves.
Be open. Operate in grace, through mercy. Demonstrate His greatness through your availability in the ordinary. Walking in grace demands His infiltration; operate in that aspect. Be with Him and give Him glory, be great!
Lord, thank you for creating me, your servant, just as I am. Thank You for not making a mistake. As I rejoice in You, use me as You desire. I am ready; I am available. Help me live in grace with myself, through Your mercy, to do everything I can for You and Your Kingdom. Thank You for making me great! Amen.