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.”
Each of us has influence. Even if we do not intentionally influence those around us, we are making a difference, for better or worse. When God prompts us to action, it’s easy to make excuses. Gideon’s list of excuses in the verse above illustrates our natural reaction to stepping outside of our comfort zone. If we are not careful, we miss opportunities to bring God glory.
Our lists are self-focused, but God has a heart for others. Our decision to obey God affects more than just ourselves because He delights in allowing us to participate in His work in the lives of others. When Gideon obeyed God, the Israelites were delivered. When a boy gave his fish and loaves to Jesus’ disciples, a crowd was fed. An entire nation heard about God as a result of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego standing up for their faith. When you stand up for Christ, you often don’t realize who is watching, but you can be assured that God is using you for His kingdom.
God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God.
Matthew 12 – 13