There was nothing distinctive or striking about the apostles – Paul, Peter, John, James and the others. They were just your usual chaps eking out a living like everyone else in Palestine and the larger Roman Empire. Jesus took these fellows and fashioned them to be the vertebrae of the First Church. They were to call the world to Jesus. Can you imagine a former fisherman being tasked with the onerous charge of calling the formidable Jewish people to God, and telling them Jesus was the Messiah they had been waiting for? Can you imagine telling scribes, zealots, that Jesus was the Christ? Can you imagine a former Pharisee and a church persecutor being given the responsibility of spreading the gospel to the mighty and the great in the Roman Empire, and the most erudite philosophers of Greece? They had such an enormous mission and history proves that they accomplished their duty with grit and grace. In fact, the fact that I am writing this is a testimony of their triumph.
This must be mind-boggling. Isn’t it? God, who is greater than all gave them this assignment, and His Holy Spirit helped them to execute it.
They made themselves available and ready to be used of the Holy Spirit, and for sure, He did not disappoint.
Can you imagine how God can use us if we only obeyed his commands, made ourselves available, and ready?
You do not have to feel overwhelmed by the size of the task ahead of you. As long as it is the will of God, He will ensure it is accomplished. The God who helped the apostles turn the world upside down will always come through again and again.
Things only become thick when we try to do what isn’t the will of God. The terrain becomes unfriendly when we become busy with our welfares and warfares, neglect His calling, and at the same time expect to excel. Things go awry when we become unavailable.
The will of God is that which glorifies Him and edifies His church and not necessarily that which makes us rich and famous.
Keep seeking God and He shall be found of you. He will do it through you, that which you cannot do by your effort. He will fulfil His will through your life.
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
John 6:29 (NI