One of the lessons of Gideon in Judges Chapters 6-8 is that God can take a humble person and make someone great.
In the play, “The Twelfth Night,” William Shakespeare wrote, “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” In fact, men are not born great. They may be born with fortunes of money, as John F. Kennedy; or they may achieve fame as did World War II hero Audie Murphy. Greatness is seldom “thrust.” God can take a lowly person and make that one great.
Gideon was threshing wheat when God brought the news to him that he was a “mighty man of valor,” (Judges 6:11). Gideon was not ruling Israel; he was not in command of the nation’s armies, in fact it is doubtful that Israel had a standing army until after Gideon formed it. He was simply a farmer harvesting a crop.
It was in obeying God’s commands that Gideon became great.
Gideon is not the only example of how God took a humble person and made a great one. What about King David? David was the youngest son of Jesse, a shepherd discounted by his own father from being king, but God chose him (1 Samuel 16:11-13). God chose David to achieve a stature few men ever reach.
What about Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, wrongly accused by Potiphar but rose to become a mighty man in his own right, second only to Pharaoh. God made Joseph mighty.
It is clear from the scriptures that God takes humble people and makes them great. He can take you and make something great, too.
Do you think you’re too old, or too insignificant, or too uneducated to make a difference in God’s kingdom and the world? Think again. If God can take these people and make them great, then he can make you great! You’re not too old. You’re not too infirm. You’re not too poor. You’re not too ugly.
All we need to remember is to see ourselves as God sees us. He thinks you’re pretty good material. How do I know?
Simple. He bought you with his son’s blood.