"Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of ‘the brightest and the best’ among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’?" 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, The Message
I love how God uses normal, everyday people to do supernatural, world-changing things! Jesus seems to delight in finding, calling and using “Average Joe” to do great things.
Ever noticed that God’s view of people is much different than the world’s? The world looks at the “somebodies” and gives them preferential treatment, excuses their faults, overlooks their character flaws and ‘ooh’s and aah’s’ over their greatness. The world is most impressed with the “brightest and best” and dismissive of Average Joe. The world overlooks, exploits and abuses those who are “nobodies!”
The Lord has another view. He deliberately chooses men and women in the culture that others have dismissed. Those who are broken, captive, poor and oppressed seem to be at the top of His list. Jesus didn’t call the high and mighty when He was on earth. He chose fisherman and tax collectors, not seminary grads and doctors of Jewish law.
In fact, the King James Bible describes those who Jesus called as “ignorant and unlearned.” “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13, NKJV) How’s that for a resume?
God took people who did not have their bachelor's degree from Jerusalem University, or their seminary training from Galilee Theological, and He used them to change the world! They had one credential: they had been with Jesus. They had spent time with Jesus and His life had gotten into them! They preached, prayed and ministered to people with His supernatural power – not because they were “somebodies” – but because they had been transformed, changed and rearranged by Jesus. As a result, God got the glory and all the credit for all that was accomplished in and through their lives.
This is a great encouragement for all of us “Average Joe’s.” Maybe you’ve felt like a “nobody”? If you will commit yourself to Jesus and spend time with Him this summer – read and study His Word, pray from your heart of hearts, and fix your attention on Him – He will transform you from the inside out. He will make you a “somebody” in His sight and He will use you to make a difference in your world.
“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:15-16, NKJV)
Say It: “Father, I am so glad that You choose ‘nobodies’ and You turn us into ‘somebodies.’ Today, I make a decision to spend time with Jesus – to give myself entirely to You and Your Word. Thank You for using my life for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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