Tuesday: Jump In
I don’t think it’s coincidental that God used ordinary people to do His extraordinary work.
All throughout His word we see so many people who weren’t really all that great.
But one thing they were was willing and obedient.
The book of Romans refers to the Old Testament book of Hosea and said,
25 Hosea put it well: I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved. (I MEAN COME ON!!!)
26 In the place where they yelled out, “You’re nobody!” they’re calling you “God’s living children.”
27 Isaiah maintained this same emphasis: If each grain of sand on the seashore were numbered and the sum labeled “chosen of God,” They’d be numbers still, not names; salvation comes by personal selection.
28 God doesn’t count us; he calls us by name. Arithmetic is not his focus.
Heather, Amy, Sarah, Jamie, Michelle, Emily, (fill in your name). He calls you by name
And you are a somebody whom He wants to use in a mighty way.
He’s calling you now.
In the season you’re in right now.
Maybe you feel like you are holding on for dear life and the pain in your heart makes each breath feel like you are physically drowning.
He’s calling you deeper still.
So let’s Jump In:
Let’s take a look at just a handful of the seemingly ordinary people who were used by God, simply because they made themselves available.
Esther–a Jewish woman, she was won in a contest to be the wife of the King of Persia. God was in the details of her life because He used her to save the lives of thousands and thousands of Jews who were set to be massacred.
Abagail--1 Samuel 1:25 details her bravery to go before King David on behalf of her less than holy husband.
Hannah--was obedient to the voice of God and trusted Him with not only opening her womb but to protect her son when she left him to be raised in the temple. Her son Samuel was one of the most influential prophet, priest, and judge of his time.
Mary Magdalene–the most mentioned disciple of Jesus in the Bible, she is spoken of as a woman of sinful nature, a prostitute, and a demon possessed woman in Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9. She not only anointed his feet with costly oil, she later was the first one to see Jesus after His resurrection.
Many of the influential women of the Bible aren’t even labeled with names:
Daughters of Philip the Evangelist–Acts 21
The Shunammite Woman–2 Kings 4:9-10
Wise Woman of Tekoa–2 Samuel 14
Thousands of years and a completely different culture may separate us from this small list of women.
But the one thing that remains the same is the presence of God’s voice.
That will never change.
They didn’t have to act on what they felt was dropped in their heart.
They could have gone as with business as usual.
And so can you.
But because they did, history was altered.
Who’s to say that your single act of obedience won’t alter Kingdom history as well?
I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.