God has a way of changing your vision of other people. This is more a vision of the heart that he gives you the longer you know him and the more you see your foolishness. There are some seasons or even just days where I can see people clearly, then other times when I cannot see or hear at all. I start judging and think I know what type of person someone is; I put them in a box and think I can define them. But going through some “life” with them, for example, a 10 day trip to the grand canyon or 9 months of being roomates, and those people you thought you had figured out don’t fit in your box anymore.
This is especially true of people you and I might label “nobodies.” Think of people at church or at school who were never very talented in their classes, at music, in sports, and often can still be insecure in front of certain crowds. The thing we always forget is that there are levels; there is a crowd out there that would embarrass even those of us who think we are talented or worth something. There is always a striving inside of us to up our station in life and hang with the more talented crowd. The somebodies.
This isn’t how God sees it at all. A couple of verses:
Luke 16: 15And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
2 Cor 10:12
“But when they measure themselves with one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding”
1 Cor 1:
“26Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him.”
God is choosing to use weak “nobodies” in the eyes of the world to do his work. He is picking that girl at church who is terrible on the microphone or the awkward friend who ruins conversations or the guy who just won’t shut up. He is picking those of us who know we need help, and he is using the nobodies to make the somebodies into nothing. If there is any Christian with pride in himself, that is a problem, and if he is to continue growing in the Lord, God is going to have to smash that out of him. The only man who boasts can boast confidently in the Lord. If he boasts in himself, his foolishness will lead him to destroy himself again and again. It’s happened to me.