Making champions out of nobodies

Do you feel that you’ll never do anything great or significant in life? Do you look at high achievers on the television and think – I could never do what they do. Have you resigned yourself to a mediocre life, happy to be average, happy to just get by?

Well, I have good news for you. God has more in store for you. In Ephesians 3:20, God promises to do for us far beyond what we can hope or imagine. He has amazing things lined up for your future but in order to receive those astounding things, you have to get in agreement with him and trust that He will bring those astounding promises to pass.

No matter how low you feel or how far you’ve fallen, God wants to make you a champion. In Romans 8, God tells us that we are more than conquerors through him.

God can use you, no matter how weak you feel. You can be a champion regardless of your background. You don’t need impressive credentials or the right education to qualify to be a champion.

When the world says that you’re no use, God says He can use you. When everyone says you’ll never amount to anything, God says you can amount to something. You are not a failure, you are a champion. You might feel like you’re a weakling, a misfit, a castaway, but God sees great potential in you.

David is a good example of how God made a champion out of a nobody. When Samuel was looking for someone to anoint to be the King of Israel, he went to Jesse’s family and asked to see all his sons. Samuel saw Eliab, who was strong and handsome, and thought surely this was the man God wanted to be King. But God had rejected Eliab. He said – “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel met all seven of Jesse’s sons but the Lord rejected them all. Then Samuel asked Jesse if he had any other sons left and Jesse said his youngest son was tending sheep. Samuel summoned David and when he saw David, He heard the Lord tell him to anoint David as King.

So as you can see, David was King-material, but nobody in his family thought he would amount to anything great. David was a champion, but when He was tending the sheep, only God could look into his heart and see that He had the potential to be a victorious fighter.

Be encouraged by the story of David and don’t be discouraged by what others think of you. Don’t be disheartened by your circumstances. You may be faced with failure after failure. You may be knee deep in debt. You may be abandoned or betrayed by your friends. Take heart. God still has a good plan for your life. He can still use you, so don’t give up.

In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul reminds his readers that:

 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,  so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Meditate on this passage and take heart! If you are weak, lowly and despised, you’re just the person God is looking for. Take your eyes off your weaknesses and focus on how God can transform you, changing you from a nobody to a champion. If you put your trust in Him, He will fill you with His strength and pour his gifts into your life, and you’ll find the life of victory that you’ve always wanted.