God Uses Unlikely People to Change the World

God Uses Unlikely People to Change the World

One thing that gives hope is to see who God used in the Bible. If I was God, I would not have used half of the people He used. They seemed to have too many issues haha.

The Bible does not hide the failures, fears, and dysfunction of biblical characters. As we learn about these overcomers, we are emboldened to shake off the unworthiness, insecurity, and passivity that tries to hold us back.

When people cry out to God to do something about global, national, or local problems, His answer is always a person that He gives an assignment to. And usually, this person does not believe they are capable of doing what
God has called them to do. God has a habit of believing in us more than we believe in ourselves.

You are important. You will make a difference this decade more than you think. You can do it! To help you believe this, I am sharing with you an excerpt from my book Victorious Mindsets called “I Don’t Have to be Perfect.”

I Don’t Have to be Perfect: Overcoming Chronic Unworthiness

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember that . . .

Abraham was too old

Isaac was a daydreamer

Jacob was a liar

Joseph was abused

Moses had a stuttering problem

Gideon was afraid

Rahab was a prostitute

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

David had an affair and was a murderer

Elijah was suicidal

Jonah ran from God

Naomi was a widow

Job went bankrupt

Peter denied Christ (3 times!)

The Disciples fell asleep while praying

Martha worried about everything

The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)

Zaccheus was too small

Paul was too religious

Timothy had an ulcer…

AND…Lazarus was dead!

A poor background does not disqualify us from a great future or to be used powerfully by God. Everything can change today. Obviously, we want to move out of dysfunctional behavior, but praise God, we rejoice in knowing there is hope for all.


  • God uses only perfect people.
  • Biblical heroes did not have any weaknesses or negative circumstances to face.
  • I should only celebrate myself when I am perfect.
  • It is important to pretend to be perfect to those around me.
  • God is angry with me for not being a better Christian.


  • I see my failures as learning experiences leading me into my destiny.
  • I do not let a difficult season define who I am.
  • All things work for good in my life because I love God.
  • I receive great hope for myself when I see what kind of people God used in the Bible.
  • I am relentless. I never quit. God is on my side. I cannot be defeated.


  • Soak in God’s Presence and Receive His Unconditional Love – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). As we receive God’s love through faith and by giving Him time to touch deep places in our heart, we arise and do what we never thought we would do.
  • Recognize Those Who Succeed Most Also Seem to Fail Most – I used to think a good year was not failing at anything, but the problem was that I did not really do anything. Just as a toddler learning to walk appears to fail much on the journey to being a “walker,” we too will seem to fail as we attempt to walk in our potential concerning leadership, joy, love and greater influence.
  • Know Our Greatest Ministry Often Comes From Our Biggest Struggles – We will have compassion for those battling the same issues as we do, and we will have practical wisdom, not just untested formulas. Every person has to overcome something on the journey to be used greatly by God.

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Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.