Out of the Ordinary

God chose a simple shepherd boy to become the leader of His people. This is similar to the choice that Jesus made when He picked simple fishermen to be His disciples and bring the Gospel message to the entire world. God is an expert at doing great things through ordinary people.

“One day Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. There He saw two brothers. They were Simon Peter and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake. They were fishermen. “Come. Follow Me,” Jesus said. “I will make you fishers of people.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers. They were James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee. As they were preparing their nets, Jesus called out to them. Right away they left the boat and their father and followed Jesus.” – Matthew 4:18-22

Jesus could have chosen men who were wealthier, more important, or more educated. But He chose common fishermen, and even an unpopular tax collector. Certainly there were men who looked better on the outside. The Pharisees were rich and had been educated by the finest teachers. Jesus said that they wore fancy robes on the outside, but on the inside they were full
of selfishness and greed (Matthew 23:5, 25). He said that their hearts were far away from Him (Matthew 15:8).

Just the opposite, the disciples were ready to leave everything they owned to follow Jesus. They had faith in Jesus. They trusted His teaching, and they believed He was the Messiah (Mark 8:29).

If you ever feel like you are just an ordinary person not capable of leading your marriage and family, let this encourage you: God wants to do great things through a person just like you. He doesn’t value what is on the outside. He is looking for a heart that trusts in Him.

Be Strong. Act Like Men.


One thought on “Out of the Ordinary

  1. Pingback: The Haves and the Have-nots – Jesus’ response | Dr Ken Baker

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