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. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. – Acts 4:13-14
On October 2, 1840, Rev. Dan Edwards was ordained as a missionary to the Jews. He received a letter shortly after from the famous pastor, Robert Murray McCheyne, who wrote,
“Remember you are God’s sword, His instrument—I trust, a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success. It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”
Sadly, many Christians have mentally disqualified themselves from living a life of impactful ministry simply for the fact that they don’t feel they possess a dynamic personality or exceptional communication abilities. But as you look down the annals of history, you see that God has used very ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Take Moses, for example, who didn’t believe he could speak well enough to represent God to Israel (Exodus 4:10), yet God used him to liberate His people from slavery. Or, look at the disciples, who once held jobs that were by all accounts extremely ordinary, yet they made an eternal difference for the Kingdom simply by surrendering to God’s work in their lives.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. What matters is the level at which you let God work through you. In Christ, you really can make an eternal difference in the lives of others. All you have to do is trust in God to use you and surrender your will to His!
Pray and ask God to work through you to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others!
Questions for thought
Can you think of a time when God has used you to do something well beyond your own abilities?
What can you trust God with today so that He can work through you in a powerful way?