by Chaplain Rod Davis
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and
bear fruit
fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever
you ask in my name.”
- Jesus (John 15:16)

I love this description of the men who would one day be called “David’
s mighty men.”

All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented (The Hebrew
means “to be bitter of soul)
gathered around him, and he became their
leader. About four hundred men were with him.
(1Sam. 22:2)

Imagine this if you will. The US Marine Corps announces a snappy new
recruiting slogan. “The Marines are looking for a few stressed-out,
bankrupt, bitter men. The few, the losers
the Marines!” If we would
be honest, most of us could be counted among those called David’s
mighty men. Indeed, we’ve all have our seasons of personal difficulty.
I must confess that I have experienced distress, indebtedness and
bitterness from time to time. However, the US Marines are not in the
market for people like those described here.
No, the military may not
want them. Corporate America may turn away from them. Sadly, in
many cases, churches don’t want them either. Ah… but God does.
God doesn’t snub them but rather, gladly embraces them.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you
- Jesus (Matt.11:28)

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you
were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many
were of noble birth. 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. He 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.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,
who has become for us wisdom from God
that is, our righteousness,
holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts
boast in the Lord.”
(1Cor. 1:26-31)

What does God look for when He recruits someone? Well, to begin
with, we must understand something about God. He’s not a talent
scout. In other words, you can come to Him empty-handed, feeling like
you have nothing special to offer. God’s not necessarily looking for
one who has great personal talent, charisma or influence. Although
those qualities can be used greatly when they’re submitted to God,
both in the corporate world as well as the ministry, they’re not
necessarily needed to qualify for God’s team of mighty men and

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

God is on a quest. But He’s not looking for a rock—someone who’s
hard and set in his ways. God is looking for a lump of clay
one who is
pliable in His hands. He desires someone He can mold and shape into
the image of His son, Jesus, who was the original societal reject.
God's looking for one who is willing to put aside all claims to self

sufficiency and then put on God-sufficiency.

             Just as I am, without one plea,
          But that Thy blood was shed for me  
(Just as I Am, Without One Plea - Charlotte Elliott and William B. Bradbury)

He’s seeking one with the keen realization that the battle is the Lord’s
and victory and success in life comes from Him alone.
God’s Elite
Team consists of those who make no personal claims but rather,
wholly rely on the Lord. They know that whatever impact they may
have in life relies solely on their to desire to walk by faith and not by
sight. These are the ones He seeks—God’s Elite Team of Misfits.

…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and
gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the
fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness
was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed
foreign armies.
(Heb. 11:33-34)
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints
of God
(Fingerprints Of God - Steven Curtis Chapman
"All those who are in
distress or in debt or
What does God look for
when He recruits
God's looking for one
who is willing to put
aside all claims to
self—sufficiency and
then put on God-
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