Living in Michigan, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Tiger fans celebrate their impending visit to the World Series. Certainly, the Detroit squad has its fair share of stars, with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, power-hitting Prince Fielder, and dominating pitcher Justin Verlander all doing their part to drive the Tigers to the Series.
In the ALCS, however, it was a pair of surprising heroes that powered Detroit to the Fall Classic. Reliever Phil Coke, who struggled much of the year, was suddenly lights out, earning two saves and closing out the finale against the Yankees. And Delmon Young, not Cabrera or Fielder, was the hitting star—earning the series Most Valuable Player award. For a team loaded with talent, it was two surprising heroes that moved Detroit forward.
The body of Christ is also filled with surprising heroes—and that is by design. In a very familiar and extremely encouraging passage, the apostle Paul told the believers at Corinth:
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence (1 Cor. 1:26-29).
Surprisingly, God has chosen to use those who seem the least likely to be useful. Yet it works completely because God is the one doing the work. As Paul told the Philippians: ”It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
Because God is the One who accomplishes any good that is done, the individuals involved in His work can be part of wonderful things. Behind surprising heroes is the extraordinary power of the living God.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain