John 1:46, But Nathanael said to Philip, Nazareth! Can anything good come from Nazareth? Philip answered, Come and see.
When Jesus began gathering his disciples to begin his three-year ministry the Word says Nathanael asked how could something good come from a place of low reputation like Nazareth? Have you asked yourself this very question? Can anything good come from a broken family, from a person without a college degree, from a person who's made so many mistakes?
The answer is yes, yes, and absolutely yes. A prime example is my pastor. One of Time Magazine’s most influential pastors of America, Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus came from a home piloted by a single mother. He was raised in Humboldt Park, notorious for being a “bad” neighborhood, with few choices, he rose beyond his circumstances to lead the charge in a global mission to help the poor,disenfranchised and homeless.
Joyce Meyer is a shining example of a woman without a formal college degree who went on to impact the world greatly. John Gray, noted conference speaker, preacher and author was raised by a single mom and didn’t complete his college education but he has impacted the world with his passion andhumor for Jesus!
Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison all failed numerous times only to prove that tenacity and perseverance prove success is at the end of that road. In addition, one of the best examples I can think of from the Bible is Peter. The very one who denied Jesus,he became the rock from which the church is built upon and left an incredible legacy of a person who made mistakes but was still used by God.
Why mention all of these people to you my friend? Simply as a reminder that YOU are no different. We all have a unique fingerprint to leave in this world and although questioning yourself is normal, doubting yourself is not acceptable. The enemy would love to silence you and keep you from fulfilling your calling in the kingdom. Whether that calling be to preach, teach, cook or even clean for the kingdom, it is an important one. Your duty is to be faithful to the kingdom and not let your past or circumstances deter you from feeling worthy of your calling. I love what Mother Theresa said, "We are called upon not to be successful, but to be faithful."
God has something amazing, unique and special for each of us. I love the fact that God still uses us in spite of our flaws, our shortcomings and he says, “I still chose you!” You are not damaged goods. You are not beyond repair. Your past is a series of musical notes that have been strung together to create this amazing opus that is your life, and I cannot wait to sit and listen to this composition by the greatest composer of all time, Jesus Christ.