It is a fact of life that the earth is full of ordinary people. Most folks are plain, common, simple people.
The gifted geniuses, titled nobles, and mighty athletes are not in abundance. And though the media would have us think otherwsie, the rich and famous are also a small minority.
Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] must love ordinary people, because there are so many of us! Ordinary people are the kind of people Father is seeking — the plain, the simple, the lowly:
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. (1Corinthians 1:26-29)
This is a very good passage for us to remember, especially at those times when we are feeling inadequate, weak, unimportant, or useless. It is the ordinary, the weak, the ‘nobodys’ of this world, the so-called ‘foolish ones’ that Father is seeking, in order to fulfill His purposes.
Yahuwah has chosen to put the wondrous treasure of His Son’s precious redemption, righteousness, and Holy Spirit INTO us — frail, weak, earthen vessels — to accomplish His purposes, by His grace:
We have this treasure [Yahushua Messiah (Jesus Christ)] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2Corinthians 4:7).
Father chooses each one of us, knowing our weaknesses! He is not surprised by our weaknesses, which is why He has made His grace abundantly available for us! – for it is when we are weak, that is when He is strong on our behalf! (2Corinthians 12:9,10).
It is our tiny mustard seed of faith that Father uses to show Himself strong on our behalf (Hebrews 11:33,34)! Ultimately it will be seen that our heavenly Father is glorified the most, in those who [in the world’s eyes], are considered as weak and ‘less than the least.’
Less Than The Least
The apostle Paul considered himself to be ‘less than the least’ of all the Believers (1Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8). ‘Less than the least’ is how many of us consider ourselves. Yet Father uses the less than the least to accomplish and fulfill His purposes:
- Jacob, one of the patriarchs, was a ‘less than the least,’ because he was not as highly favored by his father as his brother Esau. (Genesis 25:28)
- Gideon, a mighty man of valor, was a ‘less than the least,’ because he came from a poor family, and was considered the least in his family. (Judges 6:15)
- Ruth, a faithful and honourable daughter-in-law, wife, mother, and grandmother, was a ‘less than the least,’ because she was a nobody, coming from the depised tribe of the Moabites. (Ruth 4:13-22)
- King David, a man after God’s own heart, was a ‘less than the least,’ because his father considered him as insignificant, and the least of his sons. (1Samuel 16:11; 17:28; Acts 13:22)
- Jonah the prophet, who proclaimed Yahuwah’s truth to a whole city, was a ‘less than the least,’ because he was scared, and ran from doing what Father had called him to do. (Jonah 1:1-3)
The un-named woman who anointed Yahushua before His crucifiction (Mark 14:3-9), was a less than the least. But, with her tiny mustard seed of faith, she did a good work by doing what she could. Many unknown saints, who were considered less than the least have done what they could, and have thus ended up doing good, even great, works for Yahuwah:
- George Müeller, as a youth, was a thief, a liar, and a gambler. Yet as a young adult, he repented deeply and soundly, and then proceeded to do what he could by praying and seeking Father’s guidance in everything he did, eventually influencing thousands.
- Gladys Aylward was considered unqualified to be a missionary to China. But she did what she could, taking one step at a time, and eventually influenced hundreds in China to becoming Believers in Messiah.
- David Brainerd is a very good example of a weak, frail, ‘less than the least’ earthen vessel. He battled tuberculosis for most of his adult life. But he did what he could, by keeping a journal of his walk with Father, and by preaching to Native Americans in the 1700’s. His journal has influenced many Believers because of his determined perseverance in the face of great suffering.
All these started out as insignificant and less than the least. Yet they did what they could, doing good works, one step at a time, by Father’s grace. Heaven alone will reveal the countless, ordinary, frail, and somewhat defective, earthen vessels who have done many good works, simply by doing what they could.
Be of Good Courage!
It is the ordinary people — plain, weak, lowly, the ‘despised’ of this world, — whom Father chooses. We are His chosen, earthen vessels, created for His pleasure! We are of great value to our Heavenly Father. With His help and strength, we can do what we can, and ‘fight the good fight of faith!’
Let us therefore, take up the faith and good courage we have, and determine to DO what pleases Father, by doing what we can:
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Psalms 31:24)
Let us not despise our weak and frail efforts at walking with the Saviour! As followers of Messiah, He is with us, and is living within us! He is our precious treasure! And we are His chosen [earthen] vessels of honour and mercy (Romans 9:21-23). He will not fail us nor forsake us!
Yahuwah’s grace is plenteous, supplying us with the necessary enablement and strength, and thus the obedience, for producing the fruits of His righteousness:
… they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one, Yahushua Messiah. (Romans 5:17b)
For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahushua unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
… Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Yahushua Messiah, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:11)
Many of Father’s children, hidden in lowliness and unimportance, may be wishing to do ‘great’ things for God. Yet it is our ordinary-ness, our common-ness, that Yahuwah chooses, to bring glory to Him.
So let us do what we can for our loving Saviour, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. God knows what He is doing, and He chooses the ordinary, the weak, the humble, and the lowly, to confound the things that are mighty.
Yahuwah delights in our heart’s desire to walk in faithful obedience to Him, even if what we do seems small and lowly (Ecclessiastes 9:10).
God is faithful. He rewards the smallest act of faithfulness. He never passes by one single thing that we do in sincere faith and obedience. — Derek Prince
If we seek to love, honour, and obey Yahuwah in all we do, trusting in His loving attention and care, then His grace abounds and His strength is made perfect, in us! (2Corinthians 9:8; 12:9)
He has chosen weak, earthen vessels to fulfill His purposes (Daniel 11:32b), because . . . when we are weak, He is strong on our behalf.
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- The Holy Spirit: Our Amazing Comforter
- Fight the Good Fight of Faith
- Let Me Not Wander From Your Commandments – remembering the holding power and mercy of Yahuwah
- Bringing Forth Fruit With Patience – a look at four clues for acquiring this highly desirable ‘Fruit of the Spirit’
- Those Who Gathered Little Had No Lack – recognizing Yahuwah’s mercy in the midst of our weakness
- Joshua and Caleb: “Messiah-in-You”
- Under His Wings I Shall Trust
- Bowls – one sister’s insights on 1Corinthians 1:26-31