“So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I’m the least in my father’s house.“ ~ Judges 6:15
by Patrice Tsague
Have you ever felt like the black sheep of your family? Are you surprised by the prophetic words that the Lord has spoken to you concerning His will for your life? Do you feel that your business is among the least in the industry?
I’m always amazed at the people God chooses to use for His purpose, he chooses those you would least expect. In Judges 6, Israel cries to the Lord for help because it is facing defeat in the hands of its enemy due to disobedience. God calls a least likely fellow, Gideon, who, by his own account, is from the weakest clan in Manasseh and the least within his family. However, God calls him “a mighty man of valor“.
Gideon defines his destiny based on where he was born and the family he was from, but God defines it based on His purpose for him. I, like Gideon, was the least likely to succeed in my family. I did not take school very seriously throughout my youth and I played more than I studied. Furthermore, I was raised by a woman who had an 8th grade education and whose first child was born out of wedlock, my father left her when I was a baby, and she became a second wife to a man who was already married. Very few people thought she would amount to anything. In spite of this, she became very successful in business and politics.
We were not a Christian family and my family supported a corrupt government. I even made a case against Christianity while in high school during a class debate because I saw Christians as hypocrites. To many people’s surprise, the Lord would save me, call me to preach the Gospel and start a ministry that teaches people how to do business based on His Word. Now I’m one of the “hypocrites” I once argued against. God has a sense of humor. In spite of all this He calls me “a mighty man of valor“!
You too are a “mighty man of valor“. If you have accepted God’s call to deploy your gifts, skills and abilities for His Glory, and to honor Him in the marketplace, you are God’s mighty man of valor. You are God’s warrior. Your background is insignificant, your circumstances irrelevant, and your smarts unnecessary because God will do it all, He just needs you to yield your members to His use.
God loves taking small, insignificant, least-likely-to-succeed individuals and businesses and turn them into success stories. This way, He and He alone will get the glory for the outcome.
Do you feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities before you but assured of your call? Are you certain of the direction but have limited resources? Are you intimidated by the competition but strong in your faith? Get ready because God is about to make the last first so that He can show you and others that He is God, and God all by Himself. He will elevate whom He chooses. Reflect on the passage below and give Him the Glory for He alone is great.
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.
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