“But God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 (TPT)
There were many years that passed where I had felt hopeless and mediocre. I saw myself as that a girl who just wasn’t all that great at anything. I was “just OK” at many different things, but it seemed there was never that one area where I exceptionally excelled. I could sing, but wasn’t the greatest; I could play piano, but I didn’t love it; My grades were “just OK,” and honestly, I really didn’t care for school. Every system I tried to be a part of somehow didn’t work out for me in one way or another. I wasn’t trying to be rebellious I just didn’t fit in the “system,” and it made life very frustrating at times. When I would try to fit in this world’s cultural expectations, it would be short lived, or I would fail… miserably.
I grew up feeling like there was something wrong with me; thinking to myself “why were the things that seemed so easy for others seem so difficult for me?” I just didn’t understand… if God loved me so much then why did he put me in a world where I was a misfit? Years later I was talking to him about this very subject when I felt that he spoke to me and said, “you don’t fit into the systems because I created you to do things my way, you are not meant to fit into the systems you are called to change them. You are a reformer.” I didn’t know what being a reformer meant at the time, but recently I have been hearing a lot about reforming, and the one hundredth anniversary of the reformation. The term reformation means “the process of reforming an institution or practice.”
When I think about the people in the Bible that God used to bring him glory I don’t think of people that others would have chosen for the role. Noah, David, Gideon, and even Jesus. These were people that were often considered weak, were laughed at, and persecuted; they were probably the misfits of the world for their time. Usually when I hear the word misfit my mind goes back to the character Rudolf the red nose reindeer and his entourage of the poor forgotten toys, but if you remember it’s the “misfits” that ended up saving Christmas. Often it seems that God uses those of us who don’t usually fit in with this world, or its cultural systems, but we were sent into this world to be the world changers. I Corinthians 1:27 says, “But God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty.” I believe that this is because many of God’s people are chosen to reform the systems of this world. We are not here to simply find our place to fit into the world, but to change it for the glory of God.
Let’s look at the life of John the Baptist for instance; Here is a man who was chosen before he was formed in his mother’s womb. There were many prophesies given about John the Baptist paving the way for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, Luke 1:41 says that when Mary greeted Elizabeth while John was in the womb that he leaped for joy and was filled with the Holy Spirit. He was a forerunner, he didn’t look like the rest of the world, or act like the rest of the world. John wasn’t relevant to culture, and he didn’t change himself to fit in with what people would have expected. The truth is he wore animal skin, ate bugs, and lived in the wilderness. He went on telling people to be baptized repenting for their sins for the kingdom of heaven is near. There were many who I’m sure thought John was crazy, but there were others who sensed the truth in what he was saying, and those who would come out into the wilderness to repent and be baptized. John didn’t have to fit in the world, he was called, and chosen by God for a holy purpose.
John was doing the work of the Lord. He didn’t care if he was accepted, or what people thought of him. When we are operating in the callings and assignments of the Lord, and being led by the Holy Spirit we are most likely going to feel like an outsider in this world. There is term used called sanctified which means to be set apart for holy purpose. Many reformers are sanctified or set apart for God because they are often called to do things that have never been done before. Reformers are pioneers, forerunners, revolutionaries setting out on a journey in those areas that have not yet been navigated.
Perhaps you have felt this way at some point in your life. There may have been that defining moment when you realized you were different, but you never really knew why. I want to encourage you today that you are not alone. Many of God’s chosen vessels have led lives that did not fit in with the systems of this world, and it is because they were created not for this world and its systems, but for God.
As I was writing this blog today, to my amazement, a bald eagle flew right by my house. I saw it very clearly because it flew in a circle, and then right back around by my house. I felt like it was God’s way of saying that is it’s time for the reformers to arise and fly. Often eagles fly alone and soar higher than other birds. This eagle, however had a smaller younger eagle flying behind it. Remember as a reformer you may have to dig deep and be the first one who does something, but you are also paving the way for the next generation! Reformers arise, it’s time to fly!