Just Ordinary People

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The pen of inspiration, true to its task, tells us of the sins that overcame Noah, Lot, Moses, Abraham, David, and Solomon, and that even Elijah’s strong spirit sank under temptation during his fearful trial. Jonah’s disobedience and Israel’s idolatry are faithfully recorded. Peter’s denial of Christ, the sharp contention of Paul and Barnabas, the failings and infirmities of the prophets and apostles, are all laid bare by the Holy Ghost, who lifts the veil from the human heart. There before us lie the lives of the believers, with all their faults and follies, which are intended as a lesson to all the generations following them. If they had been without foible they would have been more than human, and our sinful natures would despair of ever reaching such a point of excellence. But seeing where they struggled and fell, where they took heart again and conquered through the grace of God, we are encouraged, and led to press over the obstacles that degenerate nature places in our way.—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p. 12.

Just like me and you, God uses ordinary people to share His Good News of Salvation. People who are less than perfect, who also sins, but through the grace of God overcame. Do you feel called by God to do something in God’s Kingdom but feel unqualified?  Do you feel worthless in your church, like you can’t do anything and have nothing to add? Don’t be, because God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. God is our strength in our weakness. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27)

The most important thing to understand is that God calls and God uses people in His plan. God has perfect control and sovereignty over time, all the time. God knows when things need to happen and we see that through how He uses multiple ordinary and even the most unlikely people. The Lord uses prophets and bad kings and good kings and here we can see that God is limitless because His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. God has no limits. He can use anyone or anything. And so as I’ve mentioned earlier, He can even use me and you and I think that is beautiful too.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:16) The Bible tells us that the Lord, He has counted our days. He knows what is going to happen. And this foreknowledge, He has a plan for everything, for everyone. It’s also not surprising that when we frustrate God’s plan, when we rebel against His will for our life, usually a big disaster happens. And the Bible has full of examples too. Take the case of King Saul, God had a plan, didn’t He? And King Saul diverted from God’s plan. And look what happened at the end of his story, it was disastrous. Also the prophet who was trying to run away from God’s calling, Jonah, and these are just two examples, there are more in the Bible. “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” ( 1 Corinthians 10:11 )

But I want you to ask yourself this, “Well, then what is God’s calling from my life? What does He want from me?” I really believe that one of the most important prayers that anyone can pray throughout their life is, “Lord, where do I fit in? What is my place in Your plan?” I’m sure that many of you, if not all, have prayed that or asked the Lord this question in one moment or another in your life. I know, for I have asked exactly the same question multiple times. I still pray this same prayer. What is Your will, Father, for my life? What do You want? Show me my place according to Your will. He has for each person, a very special place in His grand plan for the human race. And what’s more, all are called, everyone is called, and some are called for very decisive roles. Some of us are called for very decisive roles even if we are just ordinary people.

But the most important thing that we have to understand is, in God’s plan He wants us to know that He can bless and transform us as long as we are willing to do as He commands. Not only can He transform people and give blessings, but He can make you and me a blessing. That should be our calling, to be a blessing. So, today God’s calling to you might be a question. He might be asking you, “Look, my dear friend, what do you have in your hands?” Maybe not a lot of money. Maybe not many gifts or talents to be used. Maybe a painful history, a painful past, traumas, heartache. The power isn’t in what is in your hands, the power is with God.

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