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)
When I choose an employee to do a specific job at work, I will usually try to find someone who excels in the specific function I need. The way I see it, why not use someone who is good at what they do, especially when this is what I need help in. But as I read the Bible I find God often doing it differently. Don’t get me wrong; I think we would all agree He picked exactly the right person for each endeavor He had planned. Let me explain.
When we look at the lives of Jesus’ closest disciples, it would appear He didn’t choose them because of their talents and abilities, as much as He did their willingness and availability. Oh sure, there’s no doubt Jesus used the fisherman Peter to fish for men, just as He did the physician Luke to help revive and heal the spiritually dead. And yet we’re told those who witnessed the acts of the disciples realized they were untrained men. We’re actually told they marveled when they saw what they did, and they could clearly see they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). The point being, Jesus chose untrained people to do the most amazing things.
This is exciting when we really think about it, because it can really open up many doors of possibility when it comes to our being used by the Lord. For example, it might very well be God’s choice to enable someone who has never taught before, to teach in an incredible way. It may be His choice to give a shy person an amazing boldness to share the gospel with others, or to simply pray for them. Truth be told, it can be just about anything you are not good at doing, or don’t have a desire to do.
God wants to do amazing things through each of us. I believe He does this for several reasons. For one reason it strengthens our faith. When we find ourselves doing things we would have otherwise been incapable or unwilling to do, we realize it was by God’s power, not ours.
…‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)
Secondly, as others see these skills, and the love in our heart for people, they will actually see we have spent time with Jesus, and they are often drawn to want to know Him. Most importantly, when others see us living Christ-centered lives, it brings glory and honor to our Lord.
God isn’t looking for all-stars to serve on His team—He is looking for a humble servant willing to be used in whatever capacity He chooses. All we need to do is simply say to the Lord, “Use me in whatever way You want Lord. I am available and willing.”
I want to encourage you today; allow God to begin to reveal His glory in you – your testimony will never be the same.
STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 4:13 how did the people who witnessed Peter and John’s boldness account for this change?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to use you mightily in whatever way He chooses?
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Allow God to do a work on, in, and through you today. Remember He is God, and is fully capable of doing something spectacular through you if we will simply be willing and available.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for being strong when I am weak. Thank You for every good work You have done through me. Help me to walk in faith in areas I would otherwise not attempt because I feel unqualified or inadequate. Fill me with Your Spirit and empower me to do whatever You desire, and may others see You in what I do this day. May You be honored and glorified in these things. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
Be Blessed, Pastor Scott