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To God be the glory

Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24-29

From the text, the Apostle Paul provided a clear description of what God could do through ordinary people whose lives are committed in serving God. What God could do through the lives of His dedicated follower is beyond imagination. Paul described himself as the worst of all sinners. “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15-16). Yet God used Paul so that His word will spread even among Gentiles. Peter who was known for his denial of Christ three times and his caustic and hasty action manifested when he immediately cut off the ear of one of those soldiers arresting the Lord Jesus Christ was also used by God to preach His word to multitude that led into the growth of the early church. David when considered the next king that will take the place of Saul, his family did not approved of the choice yet he was referred to as man after God’s own heart. Examples from the Bible where God uses ordinary people provide encouragements to those who feel inadequate to serve Him. These people who were used by God achieved extraordinary results because they were available and willing to follow Him. You cannot make an excuse that you do not have the ability or the talent that God could use for His work. What He wants from you is your surrender and the willingness to follow wherever He leads you. He wants you to allow Him to work His purposes and His will for your life. He transforms His children so that through their lives God’s glory will be manifested. He wants your life to be an example for others so that just like you, they will place their faith in Christ and receive eternal life. “God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience...then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16). He also wants that your new life becomes a manifestation of His grace and kindness. “So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). God gave you the resources you can use so you could shine His light and make a difference in the lives of others where He placed you.


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