Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Celebrating One Night in Bethlehem Day 3

Ordinary People

And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”
Luke 1:18

We don’t value the same things that God values. We value things like wealth, beauty, talent, and success. God values things like love, faith, hope, and joy. I think that is one reason we are surprised at the type of people God uses.

Take David for example. He was the youngest son of a large family, he was small for his age, and his brothers seemed to have him beat in the talent and looks department. When the old prophet Samuel came to name the next king of Israel David wasn’t even called in from the field. The one God had chosen to be king was left outside watching over the sheep, because no one on earth considered him to be king material.

The old priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were ordinary as well. There wasn’t anything special about them. They were from a small town, were not wealthy, and did not have any children. Yet, it was this old faithful couple that God chose to raise the prophet John, whom we know as John the Baptist. John was God’s chosen instrument to prepare the way of Jesus.

Joseph and Mary were ordinary as well. They did not have great wealth or power, but rather they came from an extremely small village that other Jews overlooked: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46). Yet, it was this young but faithful couple God chose to raise Jesus.

I think this is part of the Christmas story that should give us a lot of I think this is part of the Christmas story that should give us a lot of hope.  When we evaluate ourselves against the standard the world uses we realize that we are not superstars.  There are people who are more attractive, have more degrees, have higher IQs, and have more money.  According to the world’s estimation we don’t seem to be very suited to make a difference in this world, but God sees us in a different light.  He doesn’t look at what we have to offer Him, but rather He looks at our heart. God desires people who live by faith and seek to serve Him.  God wants to use ordinary people, people like you and me, to change the world.

This is the point I want you to ponder today: Christmas reminds us that God uses ordinary people to change the world.

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