So, this image was sent to me by a friend of mine not too long ago:
I had to laugh, first of all, because of who sent it to me, because it was no surprise that he sent this image to me. But i also had to laugh because of the logic of the person represented here.
You see, there are times when people look at God, they look at the things He did to certain people, or commanded others to do, and they see the people God used and why and the decision is made that they don’t want to be used by God, so they do everything they can to try not to be His type.
But there is a serious flaw in this logic: they think that God can’t or won’t use them if they are satanists or witches or murderers or whatever. But that’s not true. The scriptures make this perfectly clear. God can use anyone for His purposes.
Let’s just look at a few people who weren’t God’s type.
For starters, let’s look at Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh definitely wasn’t God’s type. According to Egyptian tradition, Pharaoh wasn’t just king. Pharaoh was god. He is the bright and morning star. Every Pharaoh had monuments and statues erected in their name and image for worship and adoration by his subjects. And yet, God decided to use Pharaoh’s stubbornness and hardheartedness and self-importance to show the Israelites who God really is. Through Pharaoh’s pride, God was able to show His glory and great name and power and put it on display for all to see.
Another king who definitely wasn’t God’s type was Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Not only was Nebuchadnezzar on the warpath and eager to destroy Jerusalem and take the citizens captive, but he also was self-centered. When Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were captives in Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar had a huge golden statue of himself erected and ordered all of Babylon to bow to it. When Shadrach and his two companions refused, they were thrown into a fiery furnace, from which God saved them. God used Nebuchadnezzar’s own pride to once again glorify His name and show that those who follow Him and serve Him faithfully will be protected.
One of the biggest people in scripture who was definitely *NOT* God’s type was Saul, who is known in Christian tradition as the Apostle Paul. Saul considered himself the chief of sinners, the worst of the worst. He was a huge persecutor of the followers of Jesus, arresting them and throwing them in jail, murdering some, and watching approvingly as his fellow Pharisees stoned Stephen. And yet, God had other plans for Saul and came to him personally while Saul was on his way to arrest even more of the followers of Jesus. While on the road, Jesus met Saul face-to-face and convinced Saul of His existence and deity, causing Saul to become one of the most influential teachers of the Gospel, spreading the Message of Jesus all the way to Rome.
These are just three of the many of people in the scriptures that God used, even though they were clearly not God’s type. And even today, many people who weren’t and aren’t God’s type are being used to spread His fame. Murderers, former gang members, drug addicts, ex-porn stars, satanists, even ISIS members, are all being used to spread the amazing saving and redeeming power of Jesus.
You don’t need to be God’s type for Him to use you. I know that sounds controlling and mean and rude, but when you break it down to the nitty gritty, we are all being used by God for some reason or another. We just need the eyes to see it.