Over and over in the Bible I read that God chose the everyday people, who showed faithfulness and commitment, and did extraordinary things through them.
Reference: v.1 At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed.
Explore: The words 'as usual' caught my eye during this passage. Paul and Barnabas were such amazing and powerful evangelists it seems unusual that they would do somthing so routinely and regular. And yet they knew what they were called to do and committed to doing it regularly.
Their impact came from their persistance and faithfulness rather than from the extra-ordinary tasks they fulfilled.
Application: This epitimizes my understanding of God. Over and over in the Bible I read that God chose the everyday people, who showed faithfulness and commitment, and did extraordinary things through them. I believe God continues to do the same today. He is willing to work through anyone to build His kingdom, we just need to be faithful and committed to living as He would want us to – to Love Him and Love Others. This is His call, our discernment is how we decide to act out that call. But if we rely on God and believe that He can use us, no matter how usual or unusual we are, He will do great things.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you that You do not just look to the rich and famous to fulfill Your kingdom but You call each person to life their best for You. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.