JUST ORDINARY PEOPLE
As I think of the birth of Jesus and the people God announced His coming to, none of them were people of influence or power. There was no social or economic status with Joseph and Mary. Why would God choose them to be the parents of Jesus? The angels appeared to shepherds who were on the bottom rung of the Palestinian social ladder. The twelve disciples were ordinary people; fishermen, tax collectors, and other occupations that were of little importance in the Jewish tradition. Jesus could work with them because they were ordinary.
Though Paul was highly educated and considered a success in religious circles, he makes a profound statement; “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:26–29).
Jesus confounded the wise and religious people who thought they were important. Why? “To shame the wise…to shame the strong…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” He came to the lowly, hurting, the poor and the outcasts of society because He knew they would receive Him. “He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him” (John 1:11).
We often find it very difficult to reach out to people who are not like us, with the gospel and love of Jesus. But that is exactly what Jesus did. As you are praying for some unreached people group (see yesterday’s blog), it may be that God is asking you to “GO” to someone not like you, ordinary people, with the Good News of Jesus. You may not know how to “GO.” Just ask God to show you.
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