At our church this week, one of my takeaways from the sermon was how God likes to use the common, the ordinary to do his work. We began to talk about the birth of Christ and how God uses Mary, a young teenage girl (tradition tells us she was probably somewhere between 12-16 years old), from a small village of Nazareth, a village of probably around 500 people that was insignificant. It was never mentioned in the Old Testament.
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. -John 1:46
A place so despised and insignificant that nothing good was expected out of there. They asked back in that day, “Why would God bring use a young teenage girl from a backwards no good village to bring the messiah?” Isn’t that what we ask often…..when we try to put God inside our neat little box, a box that we’ve built out of preconceptions of what God should do? Do we ask that when we see others of no importance in our “human world”, doing big things for Christ? Do we think about ourselves and say, “I’m just one person, I can’t make a difference in God’s kingdom, so why bother?” and then do exactly that and do nothing?
God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. -1 Corinthians 1:28
And why does God do that?
…so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:29
He does it so we can’t say, “Look at what we did for Jesus” or even “Look at what Jesus and I did to help those poor people”
He does it so all the glory goes to him. So that in our weakness and lowliness, we can only point to Him and say it was all because of Jesus.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Our weakness, our insignificance brings glory to God when he uses us for his work. I pray, that I can step aside and let god use my weaknesses, my insignificance for His glory.