As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22
God works in everyday moments in everyday people doing everyday jobs. It seems God uses the ordinary to show the world the extraordinary. He doesn’t need celebrities, the rich or famous to be his spokespeople; he chooses those who will be faithful. He doesn’t need the prepared, degreed, or qualified, but those who will trust him. The Bible is filled with stories of unexpected people God worked through in unexpected ways.
God calls us to live in our everyday moments with him. We belong to him, he made us, and he has a plan for our lives. Social researcher Brene Brown says “you are worthy, not if, not when, now, as is.” This is all because of our position in Christ. We don’t have to wait to be used unexpectedly by God. Read through this list to know who you are and who he is:
I am a new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir. (Galatians 4:7)
I have become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)
I am chosen, holy and blameless before God. (Ephesians 1:4)
I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ. (Ephesians 1:7)
I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13)
Our lives are full of ordinary people. Look carefully to see how God has used the unexpected folks around you in spiritually profitable ways. Thank those who have helped you to grow and mature in your Christian faith. How has God used you in unexpected ways? Ask him to use you in more unexpected ways.
Personalize Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
By Donna Burns