The Least is the Greatest

“‘Pardon me, my lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’”

– Judges 6:15

One of the things I love the most about God is that He doesn’t qualify us by the same standards society does. Though the world tells us we must have a certain degree or meet particular qualifications in order to be credible, He tells us that when we simply rely on His strength, He can and will use us to make a difference. Such was the case for Gideon, who was the weakest son of the weakest clan of the weakest tribe in Israel. Even though he was called to fight against one of the mightiest and well-trained armies in the world, God wasn’t concerned about his concentration, his strength, his skill in battle, or his experience. Instead, there was one singular qualification — his faith. The Almighty knew that this young man’s heart was devoted, steadfast, and full of trust, and his conviction made him the best person for the job. 

My friend, the next time you feel inadequate and find yourself posturing to be perceived as competent in the world’s eyes, remember Gideon. With your heart fixed on the love and power of God, there is nothing you cannot accomplish. As you keep Him first in your life, He will equip you to confidently conquer anything He calls you to do. You are qualified by the blood of the Lamb, and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead makes your least His very greatest!


I believe, Jesus, that it is you who qualifies me to do great things in this world.


How does society’s perception of you differ from God’s?

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