I was standing at my bus stop the other day after a long night of hard rain. Putting it bluntly, the pavement was icky, crawling with earthworms of every imaginable size, displaced from their flooded out wormholes.
Is there anything lowlier in the animal kingdom than earthworms???
I think not.
And yet, they are one of God’s most wonderful creatures. These long, squishy, slimy icky things are so very important : They transform dead fallen leaves into a natural compost to enrich the surrounding soil. They also continually tunnel through soil to aerate it and mix the mineral content with the organic content, creating a better soil structure and drainage for plant growth. Without these icky, slimy, lowly things our efforts at farming and feeding the world’s human population would come to a dismal halt. No kidding.
Sometimes, God’s greatest work is performed by the most lowly of creation.
This is something we should never forget, especially when it comes to people and spirituality. A lowly person can be just as useful to God as anyone. Scripture is rife with examples of this, for example:
Gideon: He was from the the most insignificant family in his tribe and the youngest boy in his father’s house. And yet, God called him to deliver Israel from the Midianites (Judges 6:11-16
Jephthah: His mother was a prostitute, and his half-brothers on his father’s side refused to acknowledge him because of this and drove him out from their midst. Jephthah eventually banded together with some outlaws. In spite of these things, God used him to deliver the Gileadites from the Ammonites. (Judges 12:1-33)
Rahab: Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho. In spite of this, God still used her to help Israel defeat the city of Jericho, saving her and her family in the process (Joshua chapters 2 and 6)
The Adulterous Woman: An unidentified Israelite woman was caught in the act of adultery and the religious leaders brought her to Jesus to be stoned to death. Although the law at the time rendered this a righteous judgment against her, God saw fit to use her as a lesson in forgiveness, and thus Jesus forgave her and let her go (John 8:1-11)
Shepherds: In Bible times shepherds were regarded as a very lowly bunch who were reputed to be big liars; so much so that the testimony of shepherds weren’t even allowed in a court of law. And yet God ensured that the news of Christ’s birth was told first to shepherds in the field before anyone else.
The Blind Beggar: The lowly blind beggar was a fixture at the temple, constantly begging for alms to support his day to day living. Although lowly, poor, and unemployable at that time, God saw fit to use the man as a lesson in compassion and faith, and thus Jesus Christ healed the man to the glory of God (John Chapter 9)
Of course I could keep going with more examples, but I think you get the point: Lowliness does not preclude a person from becoming a glorious part of God’s plans. God doesn’t see the stuff that you can’t do, He sees the stuff that you CAN do, and uses your strengths to work His purpose no matter what weaknesses you may have.
It is important to understand that God doesn’t view us like other humans view us. Our social connections, our financial status, our past lives aren’t what God looks at, as these things are all shallow and temporary. Our Social connections can die, move away, or simply have a “falling out” with us; financial status can come completely undone with a single pink slip, and our pasts are in our past — there’s no need to stay tied to that, therefore all these things are shallow and temporary. Instead, He sees what’s in our hearts, and our potential for faith and trust in His will — qualities that run deep and permanent. These are qualities that cannot be bought or schmoozed with. And THAT is what He is looking for.
So please don’t be discouraged if you feel that you aren’t worth God’s time and effort. If you cultivate the qualities that He seeks in mankind, He will see that your good qualities are put to good use.