It’s hard to do one-finger typing in a cell phone .... but here goes.
Not only can/will God work through/with a so-called “less qualified” person .... He can/will even work through/with an ass.
Holy Scripture does not deem it important to specify the gender of this ass, but I assure you most humans, with their infinite wisdom, can/will assume that asses (in this particular insightful context) definitely cannot/will not be female .... because, you know, God doesn’t use women in His Hard Work.
So, there you have it ... men are still the asses, and we still need Jesus more than ever.
Ha! I made a really bad funny! But I digress .........
When will we Christians stop playing the stupid “human game” of cliques, and clubs, and color ... of educated and non-educated ... of genders and groups ... of worthy and unworthy ... of qualified and un-qualified ... of authorized and un-authorized ... of the Pharisaical “better than” attitudes along with the “less than” attitudes ... of the thousands of denominations and then the non-denominations ... of the assumed converted and the assumed non-converted?
Humans will always be asses ... always.
And that’s exactly what God is willing to use ... to Work with.
You will not recognize your fellow asses by their baptism certificate, their bible college certificate, their birth/gender certificate, their church member certificate, their “good standing” certificate, their ordination certificate, their verifiable work certificates, etc.
No, you will recognize (if you’re malleable, like clay, and meek) your fellow asses by the Fruits of the Spirit.
When you meet an ass, you don’t need to “lift their tail” to see what you’re dealing with .... or, actually, to see what GOD is choosing to deal with (because it’s really not about you -gasp!) .... simply be still, and watch.
Does the ass show love?
Not perfectly, but does the ass show Love?
Does the ass have joy?
Is the ass sooooooo happy, frolicking around so full of joy that he’s literally making an ass out of himself (in your opinion)?
Is the ass cutting up, and guffawing too much, for your personal taste ... is the ass just way “too-happy”!?!?!?!?!?
The Holy Spirit doesn’t mind the ass’s joyful assery.
You need to figure out how to appreciate displays of joyful assery.
Be a Good ass ... and emulate it.
How about peace?
Does the ass -in question- attempt to be peaceful?
It’s a real cruel world out there, and asses aren’t exempt from their own anger, disappointment, fears, moods, stresses, and setbacks.
When you see the ass being corralled, and harnessed, and mocked, and ridiculed, and shunned ...... do you see the ass standing steadfast; taking it?
Does the ass (with a smile on her/his face) still perform the menial chores fitting for asses like him?
Does the ass keep her ass in the kitchen and nursery where it belongs?
Does the ass try not to rock the boat?
Does the ass TRY to maintain peace in a very unfair delegation of Work?
Look at the fruits.
Long-Suffering/Patience .... is the ass patient?
Oh yes ..... to the point of STUBBORN patience, probably.
Some donkeys don’t budge no matter how many manipulative carrots are dangled .... and some don’t budge no matter how much you BEAT THEM.
Do you see my point yet?
Does the ass show kindness? Goodness?
Faithfulness? Did the ass still show up? Ready to be saddled? Ready to Work? Head down? Focused on the task at hand?
Does the ass show Gentleness?
Perfectly? No. Not perfectly.
But do you see ANY of these wonderful, Workable attributes?
Look for the fruits of the Spirit.
How about Self-Control .... temperance.
Watch that ass.
Do you see the ass wanting to kick the shit out of you ..... knowing, deep down, you deserve to be knocked off your high horse (if you’re honest) ... but, instead, the ass shifts weight, gnawing at the bit and stomping hooves, to release rising tension?
Did you get pummeled?
That’s pretty impressive for an ass..... they’re still wild creatures you know .... you just might have a good one there.
Might wanna keep that ass.
ESPECIALLY IF GOD BROUGHT THAT DADGUM ASS TO YOU!
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
I think I need to work on this “thought” some more ..... but I think I kinda got a pretty good rough draft down.
Y’all have a Blessed day, my fellow asses!