By Alejandro Oviedo – Director of Walk Thru the Bible Central America
Translated by Marnie Quezada Williams
The people of Israel were being oppressed by the Midianites. They stole the harvest and cattle from Israel; they were like a plague of locusts that would wipe out everything in its course. A completely unknown man enters the scene. A peasant named Gideon. He wasn’t the sure-of-himself kind of man. Actually, he thought of himself as the most insignificant one of his entire family. In spite of this, God had the exact opposite opinion. He thought him a brave, fearless man. After verifying his God-given calling as a leader of Israel, Gideon took command of 300 soldiers and against all odds he defeated the mighty and numerous Midianite armies. Israel went back to being under God’s favor after this. (Read the complete story in Judges 6-7).
If we picture the Bible as a theater, God is the owner. The son of the owner, Jesus Christ, is the leading man; and the Holy Spirit is the cast director in charge of hiring those in supporting roles. The vast majority of the time these supporting roles fall into the hands of unknown men and women, d-listers, bad-creditors, low-incomers, shepherds, murderers, harlots, fishermen or peasants like Gideon.
Many supporting actors and actresses have gone from being nobodies to headliners in the history of the redemption of the world, each one of them taking important part in God’s Work. They did not win awards but their names were written in the book of life to begin with, and then also written in indelible ink in Hebrews 11. People the world was not worthy of because of the glory they brought to God. This only goes to show the greatness of God who can turn a nobody around into a man or woman notorious for God’s purpose for his or her life.
The words of the Bible make a lot of sense when they say… “…But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him…” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NIV).
As human beings we are quite prone to validate people for their personal accomplishments, credentials, and possessions. The more they have the more attention and esteem we grant them. Those who have nothing we are quick to disqualify.
Jesus set an extraordinary example of love. He did not reject tax collectors, white collar thieves of His day, the woman caught in adultery, or the one who had had five husbands and the one she had was not her husband. He did not reject them. Instead, He gave all of them unconditional love that turned their lives around.
How do you do it?
Know that it does not matter how people look at you. It is not even transcendental how you look at yourself. What is more significant is how God looks at you. That is what really matters. Do not let people disqualify you. Do not let circumstances disqualify you. Do not even let your pride, low self-esteem or lack of faith disqualify you. Bible says, “One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” Proverbs 13:7. (NIV). Maybe you are already rich and you haven’t noticed. How God looks at you is what matters. To know how God feels about us we need to go no farther than the Bible and let it tell us who we are in Him. Here’s a preview, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Pedro 2:9-10 (NIV). You too are called by God to participate in His play. Stop being a nobody and become the valuable headliner God wants you to be. I assure you… you will find the purpose for your life.
Alejandro Oviedo is the regional director for Walk Thru the Bible Central America. Alejandro and his team work in a region in the midst of economic and political crisis. Honduras is recovering slowly from the 2009 Constitutional Crisis and resulting coup d’état. Increasing poverty levels, as well as political and social instability, define Central America. As a result, the traditional family unit is changing. The rates of teenage pregnancy, divorce, and child abandonment are rising at an alarming rate. Alejandro and his team are dedicated to reversing these trends. Using radio programs, live events, and partnerships with pastors and church leaders, they are committed to making God’s Word accessible and relevant to everyone throughout the region. Go to www.caminatabiblica.orgfor more information.
Alejandro earned a degree in General Medicine and worked as a forensic physician for the Public Ministry of Honduras. After serving in this capacity for nine years, he felt a deep need to serve God. He had been thinking of broadcasting a radio program focused on family values and decided to pursue his dream. A busy schedule of counseling, lectures, and preaching soon followed as well as the opportunity to earn his Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology. Alejandro is currently studying towards a degree on family counseling. He has served as the regional director since 2002. Alejandro and his wife, Luisa, have three children: Alejandro, Laura, and Ana Lucía.