Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just Ordinary People

I've been using a devotional book called Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda.  Last week the study was about Rahab.  When you think of it, it's pretty amazing how God uses ordinary, un-likely people like Rahab.  She was a prostitute, yet she manifested great faith in God.  God saved her life in the defeat of Jericho and she even ends up in Jesus' genealogy.  I loved this quote:

"The story of Rahab reveals ....God's willingness to use the less than perfect, the outcast, what we might see as the unsuitable to accomplish his holy purposes. Throughout Scripture, with what can almost be seen as divine humor, God chooses a stutterer to speak for him (Moses), and infertile woman to be the mother of a nation (Sarah), a weakling to defend him (Gideon), a forgettable youngest son to be the most unforgettable king of his people (David), an unknown youngster to be the mother of his son (Mary), and a persecutor to take the gospel to the nations (Paul)."

Here's a great verse:  "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."  Acts 4:13

Am I so obedient, so in love with Jesus, so involved in service to Him that when people look at me they say, "She's just an ordinary person.  It must be Jesus giving her the ability to do that!"

Last night we spoke at a supporting church in Baltimore.  As we were getting ready to leave we asked a church member in the parking lot where was a good place to buy gas.  He told us and we went our separate ways.  We found the gas station and John got out to pump the gas.  Just then, this same man arrived on the scene.  He had followed us to the gas station.  He told us that God had told him to fill our tank and he proceeded to buy $50.00 worth of gas for us!  This guy certainly appeared to be a very normal average kind of guy (he might be a brain surgeon for all I know).  But he obeyed God.  It was obvious to me that even though he was ordinary, he had been with Jesus!  And a tank of gas at today's gas prices was a huge blessing!!
Lord, let me listen to your voice and obey you so that the glory goes to you! 

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