There are some who think that to go on missions or a church plant we only need awesome Christians – so ordinary saints need not apply.

We only need those who are evangelistic, outgoing, hard-working, intellectual, energetic.

They look in the mirror and say – that isn’t me.

Please! If we built the church – you might have a point.

Let’s not forget that God builds His church and so that we don’t think it is awesome us who do it – He specifically chooses to use weak frail vessels to do the impossible so that He gets the glory.

1 Corinthians 1:26–29:

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

Yes, missions or a church plant has to have some leaders – but remember that God delights to use men and women just like sinful, weak insignificant us; so that all the glory is His.

Many people assume that they are not called because they are too old, too young, too single, too married, too poor, too rich, too sick, too healthy, too educated, too uneducated, kids too young, kids too old.

We can all find a way to say – I am too something – I am not called.

No! God wants Faithful, Available, Willing – not Powerful, Awesome and Important.

In the New Testament – we meet men who say – I will follow you – BUT …

We never hear of those men again.

Many of the greatest missionaries and church planters were chronically ill, single, widowed, childless – God used them mightily and He got the glory.

I think many of us misunderstand Isaiah 6.

They think Isaiah’s call goes like this. Isaiah is ushered into the presence of the Lord. And God calls out asking for a volunteer:

Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?

And they imagine Isaiah thinking – I am ready – equipped, strong, awesome – a Prophet:

Here am I! Send me!

Absolutely not! Isaiah is petrified.

He saw the glory of the Lord revealed in the most incredible way. The Lord high and lifted up, Seraphim, Temple shaking filled with smoke and was terrified.

“Woe is me! For I am lost.”

I am totally unworthy.

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

And Isaiah looks around and his heart sinks. There is no one else around. God is talking to him!

So he responded.

OK – Here am I. Send me.

Unfortunately, we look around and say – there are better people around – so surely God must be calling them – not me.

I am not worthy.

Many tried that one. Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah – all of them said I’m not ready. I’m too young. I can’t speak well.

God doesn’t want awesome – He alone is awesome.

He wants the Faithful, Available and Willing.