A quote from the article:
We’re all tempted to evaluate a person’s effectiveness for God based on that person’s ability to get along with people. Our simple reasoning says if you’re liked by people, you’re liked by God. We project our earthly theories of social exchange onto the Kingdom of Heaven. Here again, we’re in error. Paul, in addition to his physical weakness, was also rejected by the Christian community for his lack of social graces or communication skills (I Cor. 2:1-5). I imagine John the Baptist would find very few organizations asking him to be their plenary speaker. And Jeremiah, Mr. Down-inthe-Mouth, could not name a single friend.
But God’s social graces are not ours. God chooses people based on a separate criteria. He doesn’t look for people who will fit in or stand out, but for those who will stand up.