From average to “A” grades

The revivalist D.L. Moody once heard a preacher say, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully surrendered to Him.” Moody that night said, “By God’s grace I’ll be that man!”

I was a fairly average student at school.  Never brilliant at anything specific….. just OK. I’m not trying to be super humble here. I simply never reached the “A” grade I always worked hard for.

The quote above from D.L. Moody truly resonated with me from a young age and I remember thinking, if I gave my myself completely to God, He could turn all my averages into A grades.

“The Lord searches all the earth for people who have given themselves completely to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 NCV

And God has not disappointed me. As I have given God my abilities and availability He has far exceeded my expectations.

When God told Moses to tell pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Moses questioned God, he knew it was beyond his capability. Yet God’s response was, “what’s in your hand?”

“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”  Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.  The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”  Exodus 4:1‭-‬3 NIV

God used the very tool that was in Moses’ hand and God partnered with Him as Moses obeyed the Lord.

I promise you, as you lay down at God’s feet what is in your hand……your gifts, talents, skills, however good or average. He’ll far exceed your expectations too.

It’s a fusion of humanity and divinity.

You see, God wants to partner with us, He’s not looking for perfect people. He’s looking for  the “has nots” and the “should nots” to display His glory through.

“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 my husband often says,

“Acts of obedience release the power of God in our lives” – Jarrod Cooper

You may not think you have much to offer. You may feel weak, incapable, untalented…. PERFECT! This means you qualify.

Gideon was the least in his family and part of the weakest clan (Judges 6:15).

Jeremiah was young (Jer 1:7).

Abraham was old (Gen 18:11).

Jonah was afraid and ran away (Jonah 1).

David was overlooked by his family, but God was looking, searching for a man after God’s own heart, and David went from being a shepherd boy to being a King.

‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ Acts 13:‬22 MSG

Don’t let excuses get in the way of God’s purpose for your life. Don’t disqualify yourself.

Step out and give yourself completely to Him because He’s looking for your availability not your ability.


An Extract from “STRONGER” The 40 day devotional which you can purchase HERE.



  1. So encouraging to me. I work for church, leading a community action ministry to people in poverty. I sometimes struggle with the online administration. I was previously a district nurse/midwife in U.K. I can do administration of people, recognise their hidden gifts and talents and release them to flourish in them.
    I led a man to Christ yesterday who had 80% burns on his body from years ago. This is what reminds me that I am where God has placed me.

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