God loves to use weak people to accomplish big things. Weak, timid, desperate people make perfect receptacles for the Holy Spirit’s power when they turn to him and depend upon him. God’s kingdom does not advance by human strength but by supernatural power, and his supernatural power is best displayed – not through strong, smart, capable people, but through weak, humble, dependent people.

I love what Oswald Chambers once wrote about this:

“God can achieve his purpose either through the absence of human power and resources, or the abandonment of reliance on them. All through human history God has chosen and used nobodies, because their unusual dependence on him made possible the unique display of his power and grace. He chose and used somebodies only when they renounced their dependence on their natural abilities and resources.”

Oswald Chambers

In other words, it is far better to be a nobody if you want God to use you for his kingdom than it is to be a somebody! If you are a somebody, then you must strive to think of yourself as a nobody! You must renounce your dependence upon your natural abilities and resources. You must not think that your gifts, or your talents, or your wisdom, or even your hard work will add up to anything! Instead, you must realize that the best way to ensure God’s power is at work through you is to lean into your weakness. It is to lean into the fact that you are a nobody!

God loves to use weak people to accomplish big things. The Lord gets glory when he builds his kingdom on the backs – on the preaching and teaching and discipling – of a bunch of nobodies! So, we should pray that we all would increasingly learn to be nobodies!

All of us have kingdom work to do. All of us have people in our lives who do not know the Lord. All of us are part of a Church that will only thrive if we all contribute to her ministry. All of us are in relationships that give us opportunities to disciple and pray for and invest in other people. God has given us work to do. He has put us here with a mission to accomplish.

Often, perhaps even always, God’s mission for us feels daunting, overwhelming, and even impossible. But when it does, that means we are right where the Lord wants us!

Often, perhaps even always, that mission feels daunting, overwhelming, and even impossible. When it does, that means we are right where the Lord wants us! That means we are right at the point of realizing that our gifts and our efforts aren’t enough…We are right at the point of realizing that we need him, and that we need him desperately.


This article is adapted from the message The Power of a Nobody, preached at Capitol City Christian Church on 9/8/2019. To hear the whole message, click here.

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