World counts the best, but God counts the worst to make them the best in the world.
The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be the most important of all. (Acts 4: 11) â€œSurvival of the fittestâ€, is a phrase coined by Henry Spencer, an English philosopher, sociologist and a classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. Today the world has adopted this very phrase in every field of day to day life. Wherever you go its only â€˜the bestâ€™ that is in demand.
So where do all the average, below average and ordinary men go and take refuge? They are branded as the â€˜unwanted and discardedâ€™ products, in a way, not belonging to the society.
â€œIn the beginning, when God created the universe the earth was formless and desolate.â€ (Gen-1: 1-2) Our sweet Abba Father created the world out of â€˜nothingâ€™. The â€œformless and desolateâ€ earth was completely changed into the beautiful â€œGarden of Edenâ€. Our God is a God who takes pleasure in transforming carbon into the most precious diamond for His glory.
Each day our sweet Lord is gently knocking at the door of our heart and wants us to answer to His knock, an answer that must be â€“ â€œYes Lord I am here for youâ€¦â€ The moment we are ready to acknowledge our weaknesses and iniquities in front of the Lord, we are actually welcoming the abundant blessing from our mighty Jesus â€“ the origin and the resource of everything: wealth, riches, knowledge, virtue and wisdom.
When we read the chapters in the book of Judges (O.T), we find the Lord choosing Gideon, to rescue the people of Israel who were in great misery. Gideon was a person who belonged to a clan, which was the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh and was regarded as the least important member of his family. Why did God choose a person like Gideon to rescue the people of Israel? To the world Gideon appeared to be a â€˜bluntâ€™ and a â€˜good for nothingâ€™ sword. But God was confident that He could transform this â€˜bluntâ€™ sword into the â€˜sharpestâ€™ sword and bring victory for the people of Israel.
When we further read on, the Lord answers, â€œYou can do it because I will help you. You will crush the Midianites as easily as if they were only one manâ€ (Judges 6:16). So why worry and degrade ourselves for being an average or a below average person? Letâ€™s be proud of what we are and how we are, because our Jesus is proud of us the way we are.
Today the young minds are getting frustrated with the aspiration of achieving the ideal state of existence. The moment their dreams are shattered they count themselves as the â€˜unwantedâ€™ product of the society. But the Lord says, â€œI keep my promise to bring you back home. I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope forâ€ (Jeremiah 29:10-11).
Letâ€™s open our eyes, our hearts and our souls and call out to Jesus â€“ Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God who cured the leper, gave sight to the blind and made the paralyzed man walk, help me. That same living Jesus is calling out our names to do wonders for the society and to work with Him. He is ready to transform us and change us into His â€˜masterpieceâ€™. But are we willing to respond to His call? If only we would say a â€˜yesâ€™â€¦
St. Xavierâ€™s College, Kolkata, is one of the most reputed colleges in India. This means, only the best students are selected during the admission. Can a failure imagine or ever think of being a part of this great college? The answer is â€˜yesâ€™ if Jesus is with you. Hard to believe? I, (Anu Siby) am the perfect example for such a miracle. I was always considered to be the weakest student in my school. A student who only deserves a decorated and colourful report card! (Most of my marks were written in red ink). The teachers branded me as a â€˜good for nothingâ€™ student.
But my Jesus had a different plan; He had a great vision about my life. With my Lord I passed class XII with 81%. Today my Lord has given me the opportunity to be a Xavierian (studying in St. Xavierâ€™s College, Kolkata) and this is the first article that I am writing in my life. I am so proud to be the daughter and the best friend of my sweet Jesus.
Dear readers in Christ, just believe in Christ and be proud to be the weakest person, because, the Lord has great plans for you. Plans that is best for you. Feel proud and be proud of the fact that there is a God who thinks high of you and does not judge you according to the ways of the society.
You are chosen for the Lord and by the Lord. Stop degrading yourself. â€œDonâ€™t under-rate yourselfâ€ (Sirach 4: 20). Just surrender at His feet and you are going to bloom to be the â€˜most beautifulâ€™ flower of the Most High.
Let us pray:
Sweet Jesus there are moments when we have felt inferior and let the Satan of depression, frustration and negative feelings dwell in us and dominate us. Jesus we believe that if you could transform Simon to St. Peter, Saul to St. Paul and a prostitute to St. Mary, then we also will be transformed at this moment. Mighty Lord of Israel we surrender ourselves the way we are at your divine feet. Holy Mary intercede for us so that at all times we say â€˜yesâ€™ to your Sonâ€™s call. We place our trust in you sweet Jesus. Amen.
– – – written by Anu Siby, Kolkota