Ordinary Isn't a Bad Thing

Wendy Pope

Day: 5 | Plan: Acts

Today's Reading: Acts 4

Acts 4:13 (NIV) “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Peter and John were ordinary men. Fishermen, actually. They had full knowledge and experience in regards to the hot fishing spots in the Sea of Galilee. However, when it came to walking out the calling Jesus placed on their life, they had no formal preparation.

Ordinary. No special training. These words describe how I felt about myself for many years. I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything that really mattered because I didn’t feel like I really mattered. Maybe you can relate.

Maybe you know what it’s like to stand by and watch others do kingdom work. They use their gift of teaching each week in your small group. Rain or shine he is there every Sunday to greet you with a smile and open the church door. The gift baskets she makes for new families in the community are the perfect touch, and show her gifts of creativity and hospitality.

How do they do that? How do they know to serve in the right place? 

They said yes. These and the countless others who serve God in our churches, communities, and places of service simply said yes. Some may have formal training but odds are, most don’t.

You were created for a good work that God prepared just for you. Good is defined as agreeable, happy, and distinguished. Ephesians 2:10 gives this assurance, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Peter and John, though ordinary and untrained, became preachers and spread the gospel. It was their happy and appointed work. A good work awaits you too my friend. You may feel just ordinary. You may be untrained. But God finds you extraordinarily useful and has a special assignment that only you can do.

Prayer: Lord, open my heart to see the good work You have prepared for me. My desire is to serve You and be purposeful in the advancing of Your kingdom. Thank You for using the ordinary and untrained. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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