Have you heard Matthew West’s song “Hellow My Name is”? (If not, here’s a link to take a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZuJWQzjfU3o). It’s an amazing song that talks about the things trying to define us and how we have to choose which voice we’ll believe. The chorus tells us the wise choice to make is to listen to who God says we are:
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
There are so many voices in our daily lives that tell us many things: who we are and who we aren’t; what we should and shouldn’t say, do, think, be, wear, and drive; who we should be friends with and who we should avoid.
And with each decision we make we have to choose which voice we will follow and what kind of person we are.
We also have a set idea of who we are. Sometimes we’re right, but sometimes we’re wrong. And when our idea of who we are doesn’t line up with God’s, we have to choose which way we will go and what kind of person we ultimately are.
Gideon was given the choice. When God approaches him in Judges 6, God calls Gideon out for who he was created to be: Judges 6:12 – And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”.
At this point, was Gideon mighty? Did he have any courage? No. Did Gideon have the potential to be mighty and courageous? Definitely yes.
Did Gideon see his potential? No. All he saw was his family heritage and position: Judges 6:14-15 – 14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
But God saw beyond his weak circumstances and his least status to call him toward his big destiny. God called him to believe in big things and walk in courage. God asked him to believe for something bigger than his family situation. God asked him to be the exact opposite of who he thought he was.
And God’s asking the same of you. He’s calling you away from your idea of who you are and into His world of unlimited potential. He’s calling you to believe you can have a bigger impact than you even imagine at this point. He’s calling you to be faithful to the dreams He has put in your heart.
But we can’t achieve any of this when we won’t accept His love and our adoption into His family. We won’t be as productive and fulfilled as He’s created us to be when we won’t accept our place as a child of the King.
It’s a journey, and we walk by faith one step at a time. We change one decision at a time, and we learn about God one revelation at a time.
Did Gideon suddenly decide he was a mighty man of valor? No. He asked for a sign with his offering, then two more signs with a fleece, before deciding that maybe God could use him to save his family Israel (Joshua 6). Then God asks him to go against the formidable Midianites with only 300 men. God knew Gideon’s heart was still a little timid, so He tells him in Joshua 7:9-11 – 9 … “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp…”
What does he see at the camp? Joshua 7:12 says men “in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.” How does one man from a weak family and only 300 soldiers defeat an army? By the grace of God!
God immediately puts Gideon in the path of a man recounting his dream of Israel’s victory, which stirs the victory in Gideon’s heart and gives him the final boost of confidence he needs to walk in God’s purpose for him. He finally saw himself as a mighty man of valor!
And that once weak man now equips Israel with trumpets and leads them to victory. One man stirred up by God’s passion leading 300 men of faith. That’s all it took to defeat an army that greatly outnumbered them.
What are you passionate about?
Are you being faithful to pursue it?
How much faith do you have to take the next step?
When you see yourself as a child of the King, you become a mighty man (or woman) of valor like Gideon who willingly takes a step of faith. When God says go, you go. When God says stay, you stay. And through it all, you pray and you praise as you let Him order your steps and your world.
Let Him reveal your purpose and His destiny for you (Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.). He’ll show you enough pieces of your life puzzle with each step of faith you take to encourage your continued progress forward and enable you to be mighty in your gifts. Trust Him to take the first (or next) step. Decide to be a child who actively engages in His will instead of just a spectator. Let fear be a memory in your rearview mirror as you walk victoriously in His plans and purposes. Are you ready to be His child?
Marie Fremin, 10/26/14