This post article is also posted in the Gospel Blog by FEBC
Do you feel worthless? Do you live in a bad part of town? Do you feel trapped by your circumstances? If the answer to any these is yes, I’ve got news for you—Jesus loves you and, through His power, you can change your life and you can change the world.
Zeroes to Heroes in the Bible
In Jesus’ eyes, there are no zeroes; He loves all of His children and valued each and every one of them enough to die for them on the cross. However, down here on the earth we humans divide each other up into categories—Zeroes, Heroes, and the In-Betweens. Often we may fall into the mindset of viewing ourselves as Zeroes and when we do that, we’re not only selling ourselves short and limiting our potential, but we’re also selling short the power of God. If you want to see some real life stories about how God used people considered Zeroes and turned them into Heroes, just check the Bible; it gives us example after example of Zeroes-turned-Heroes by the power of God.
Meek as Moses
Moses was the son of an Israelite woman in Egypt. He escaped Pharaoh’s kill-order on male Hebrew babies because his mother hid him and then placed him in a basket by the riverbank among the reeds. Pharaoh’s daughter found him and he became her adopted son. He later became an outcast after killing an Egyptian, but he eventually returned to Egypt to lead his people out of captivity. Moses was a meek man and he had a speech impediment, but despite all of that, his humble beginnings, and his mistakes, God used him to lead a nation.
Shepherd Boy to Bigwig
David was a lowly shepherd boy, the youngest son of Jesse. He was overlooked by his father, but not by God the Father. By the power of God, David defeated the giant Goliath and eventually became King of Israel. He sinned against God by committing adultery with Bathsheba and causing the death of her husband, but David later realized his sin and was forgiven and blessed by the birth of his son Solomon, who would later become exceedingly wise and wealthy.
Peasant Girl to Mother of God
Mary was a peasant girl, betrothed to a carpenter, but God chose her to be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
She wasn’t a queen or a princess, just a young virgin, yet the Lord chose her and the angel Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Rejoice, you highly favored one! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28
Out of Nazareth
Jesus was born to a peasant girl and a carpenter and lived in Nazareth. Others didn’t view him or his hometown with much regard.
“Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judah, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’ They were offended at him.” Mark 6:3
“‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?’” John1:46
Yet Jesus was the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
Out of Anywhere
So you see, no matter who you are, no matter how bad or insignificant you think you are, no matter how trapped you feel, God can save you and God can use you to change the world. He can take you out of the homeless shelter, He can take you out of the prison, He can take you out of the ghetto, He can take you out of your house of pain, He can take you out of anywhere.
“with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“Yahweh, your God, is among you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17