Tuesday, March 9, 2010

God uses the ordinary

In Acts 4 there is the story of the trial of Peter and John for preaching about Jesus and working a miracle in His name. In Acts 4:13 it says, "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus."

Peter and John had basic education compared to all of the rabbis and authorities surrounding them. They had only followed Jesus for three years. They were considered country folk back in the day. They didn't have the Bible or any resources like we have today. They were ordinary. Ordinary. Not special, not extraordinary but normal everyday people like me and you. Yet in just thirty years they were able to spread the word of God from Jerusalem to Rome, and increased the followers from hundreds to millions. In Acts 17:6 their enemies said they had “turned the world upside down” (KJV). They soon became the mightiest and largest religious movement in human history.

They were ordinary. And God used them. In a mighty way. Can you think of someone you know that has done something really cool for Christ? They put on their pants just like you, one leg at a time. They are no more or less special than us. They just said yes when He called. God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary. He wants to use you, each of us. How can you let God use you? What talents do you have? What can you do to serve God by serving others?

Amazing God, we love you. We are amazed at how you use ordinary people to do your work and we ask dear God, that you use us. We are open to what you want us to do. Help us to see ways to do your work. Thank you for our time together. Be with us today and use us so that others may come to know you. Amen

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