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God uses weak people

 

In 1963, the Cleveland Indians became the first American League team to hit four straight home runs in a ball game. And they did it in an unexpected way — without the help of any of their power hitters.

The unlikely succession of events began with the lowest everyday hitter, Woody Held, in the number eight slot — the place reserved for the team’s weakest hitter. It continued when the pitcher, Pedro Ramos, parked a fastball. Everyone knows pitchers aren’t supposed to hit home runs (there was no designated hitter in ’63). The string continued with lead-off hitter Tito Francona. The honor of depositing the fourth round-tripper in the stands went to rookie shortstop Larry Brown. It was the first four-bagger of his career. Paul Foytack of the Angels gave up all four of the big hits in the 9-5 loss to the Indians.

No one could have predicted this part of the lineup would explode with such power. The heart of the order — the power hitters — didn’t participate in the record at all.

In the church, people have a tendency to rely on the “superstars,” the up-front people like pastors and famous evangelists, to produce most of the spiritual fruit. But everybody in the spiritual lineup has a lot to give. Sometimes obscure believers are the only ones who can produce in certain situations. Perhaps you are the only one who can reach certain people with the gospel. There are times when unexpected people bring victories for God’s kingdom.

Second Corinthians 12:9 says, “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (NKJV).

Every believer has a lot to give. Don’t sell yourself short. God uses us despite our weaknesses. God wants to use you.

Ken Horn

9/16/07 • 4871

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