Today’s Scripture: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 1 Corinthians 15:41-43

Annie sat in her wheelchair in the corner of the classroom as the rest of the children played. “Poor Annie. She will never be able to do anything. She’ll always be stuck in that chair,” whispered the other girls. After a while, Annie wheeled her way up to the teacher’s desk.

“How can God use someone like me? I can’t even get out of my chair,” she said. Tears streamed down her cheeks. The teacher looked at her thoughtfully.

“Annie, God uses the weak to show His power. Be willing to be used by Him, and He can do great things through you. When He looks at you, He doesn’t see the wheelchair, He sees your willingness.”

Many of us feel like Annie-too weak or lacking in talent to be used for God. The world promotes the idea that if you are not attractive, talented or physically fit, you cannot accomplish much, but to God, the weak are perfect for His service. He cannot use those who feel self-sufficient. He receives the greatest glory when His power is displayed through the powerless.

Do you feel too weak for God to use? You may have been deformed since birth or have a speech impediment. Perhaps everyone has always overlooked you. Don’t be discouraged. Instead, be willing and encouraged. When God looks at you, He does not see the problems; He sees your potential.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder