Our Lenten Devotion for Wednesday, April 6, comes to us from Steadfast Love which features reflections and prayers by Ed Arle and Gil Duchow with inspiration from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen.
13 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. Acts 4:13 NIV
“God not only chose insignificant people to carry the Word of salvation through the centuries, mot only chose a small remnant of those people to fulfill God’s promises, mot only chose a humble girl in an unknown town in Galilee to become the temple of the Word, but God also chose to manifest the fullness of divine love in a man whose life led to a humiliating death outside the walls of the city”
(from The Selfless Way of Christ by Henri J.M. Nouwen, pages 29-30Henri)
The religious leaders in Jerusalem were amazed and perplexed by the bold witness of Peter and John, ordinary men who were doing extraordinary things in the name of Jesus. This has been God’s way through the ages. He chose an insignificant people to be a “light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). He chose a humble young woman from an unknown town to be the mother of the Messiah. Jesus selected ordinary people like Andrew and Mary Magdalene to be his faithful witnesses. Jesus continues to choose ordinary people – like you and me – to accomplish extraordinary things for the good and growth of his kingdom. He molds and moves us by his Word and Spirit to be his voice and hands and feet, leading others out of the darkness of this world, to live with him in his marvelous and eternal light.
It seems to me that another message that comes to us from God’s choices of the people who will share the message of Christ is that each and all of us are significant in God’s sight. Indeed, each of us is blessed, precious, and holy creations from God. Always know that God loves you all the time. All the time, God loves you.
Light of the world, shine in us and through us so that many others may be led to live and serve with us in your kingdom. Amen.