Have you ever compared yourself to another believer, wishing you had their talents or personality? One of the most common lies we face as God’s witnesses is: I’m just not good at this. Thankfully, God’s perspective releases us from this weight, giving us freedom to be witnesses inside the framework in which we were created. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:27:
“but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise.”
You might not think you have a charismatic enough personality to be a witness, but God can use you whether you’re the shyest introvert or the most outspoken extrovert. In fact, the very aspect of your personality that you consider a weakness, God wants to use.
Just think about Jesus choosing Peter. Reading through the gospels, I often think, Jesus, forget about that Peter guy. He’s headstrong, over-zealous, rash, and plain awkward. Then I get to Acts, and I read about Peter standing up before the crowds at Pentecost and leading 3,000 to Christ in one day. Peter is a perfect example of God using the foolish things to shame the wise.
Another reason I know God can use you is because He can use me. I’m not the naturally social type. I’ve murmured God bless you to a homeless person, quickly walked away, and then felt like I just managed to one-up Billy Graham. When it comes to interacting with people I’m not close to, I’m unqualified. So, why would God choose me? For the same reason He chose Peter. For the same reason He chooses you. 1 Corinthians 1:29 goes on to say:
“so that no man may boast before God.”
God chooses to use the unqualified because He wants to show off His strength—to prove that He is the one at work.
You may get nervous. You may fail at times—I have. That’s okay. Where your ability falls short, God will come through. We must trust that He will work through us when we step out in faith, and the results are thankfully not up to us. They are up to Him. Be free from the lie that says you’re not good at sharing the gospel. God can use even your weaknesses to His advantage.