Have you ever questioned why God would want you? Well, it’s because God is a badass. And even though you are a wimp, a doubter, a whatever – God wants you. God wants to use you. God wants to change the world with you and for you.
God’s a badass because God can use people like us to really make a difference. I speak for myself when say that I am a complete mess most of the time. I do not know what I am doing most days to make life happen. It just always seems to fall into place. That probably has quite a bit to do with my family being awesome, and always working so hard to keep life together. But it has a great deal more to do with God working in ways I cannot begin to fathom.
If I am a mess, then I have to figure I am not alone in my mess. How many times have you seen God make something beautiful out of something ugly?
26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29 so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30 God is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1)
My absolute favorite idea is that God does not just stumble upon your mess and decide to work with what you have. God actually picks you because of your mess. God weeds out all the useful, put-together assholes and finds you in the middle of life. And then God says, “Yup! I can work with this.”
Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the troops that were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was north of them, below the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “The troops with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand. Israel would only take the credit away from me, saying, ‘My own hand has delivered me.’ 3 Now therefore proclaim this in the hearing of the troops, ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home.’” Thus Gideon sifted them out; twenty-two thousand returned, and ten thousand remained. 4 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “The troops are still too many; take them down to the water and I will sift them out for you there. When I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go with you; and when I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” 5 So he brought the troops down to the water; and the Lord said to Gideon, “All those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, you shall put to one side; all those who kneel down to drink, putting their hands to their mouths, you shall put to the other side.” 6 The number of those that lapped was three hundred; but all the rest of the troops knelt down to drink water. 7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred that lapped I will deliver you, and give the Midianites into your hand. Let all the others go to their homes.” (Judges 7)
You see, God doesn’t want the put-together asshole. God wants someone who is barely keeping it together. God weeds out the ones that think they know more or have enough. God wants the ones of us that are looking to know more, have more, be more. Where there is potential for more, God is room to move. When there is no room for improvement, we tend to be the ones who shut God out and say we can handle it on our own. I think it’s safe to say that there is plenty of room for improvement in our lives, in our communities, and in our world.
God wants you. God wants me. God wants us to want each other in this world. I guess that means I want you, too. I want all the people that God wants. And God has made it more than clear who God wants in this life with us. Orphans, widows, homeless, hungry, resident aliens, disenfranchised, hurting, abused, abandoned, forgotten…all of those that are a mess. Won’t you go with me, then? Let’s go to God and see what God can do with all of our mess because, in fact, God’s a badass.
Love God. Love People.