Ordinary Folks

I’ve heard people say things like, “I’m just an ordinary person. What can I do?” They reason that since they lack formal or specialized training and eloquence of speech they are useless in the service of God...

The truth is, God has used ordinary folks throughout history, to do extraordinary things. Consider this partial list: Moses was highly educated (Acts 7:22); Yet, he evidently has speech difficulties (Exodus 4:10). Gideon was a wheat farmer (Judges 6:11). Ruth was a widow (Ruth 1:3-4). David was a shepherd (1 Samuel 16:19; 17:15, 34). Elisha was a plowboy (1 Kings 19:19). Amos was a keeper of sheep and a gatherer of sycamore fruit (Amos 7:14 cf. 1:1). Esther was an orphan (Esther 2:7). Joseph was a carpenter (Matthew 13:55). Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11). They were “unlearned” (i.e. unversed in the learning of the Jewish schools; cf. John 7:15, Thayer) and “ignorant” (“without professional knowledge, unskilled, uneducated, unlearned” Vine’s) by description (Acts 4:13). Paul was highly educated (Acts 22:3 cf. 5:34); yet, it appears that he was not the most polished of speakers (2 Corinthians 10:10; 11:6).

The point is this: God can use you in His service. Don’t make the excuse, “I’m just an ordinary person. I have no special skills. I am no eloquent.” You can do great things in His service!

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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