We Can All Serve

1 Corinthians 1:26  “Brother think of what you were when you were called. Not many were wise, not many were influential, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong; He chose the lowly and despised things of the world so that no one may boast before Him.” NIV

There are many stories in the Bible of how God has chosen unlikely people to serve Him. There is Moses, a murderer and shepherd, Noah told to build a boat in the middle of the dessert! Rahab a prostitute, Peter who wasn’t always quick to understand the teaching of Jesus and denied Him three times before the trial, yet he was chosen by Jesus to build the foundation of His church. Then there is Paul who was the most unlikely person for God to choose to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles. God doesn’t make mistakes. He looks at our hearts.

The point I am trying to make is that we don’t have to be a Max Lucado or a Billy Graham or Joyce Meyers to serve our Lord. God doesn’t look at our background, our education, our age or how much we put into the collection plate on Sunday morning.

Luke says in Chapter 21:2-4 that Jesus saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins and said “this poor widow has put more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of wealth, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” NIV  In Proverbs 16:31 we read “Gray hair is a glorious crown, it is found in the way of righteousness.” NIV

Don’t consider yourself unlikely, too old, having no talent or financially unable.

God has given each of us a gift. It might be serving, teaching, encouraging, or helping others. (Romans 12:6) There are so many ways we can show Christian love. Send a card to someone who is sick, visit a nursing home, make a phone call to lonely widow, and bake some cookies for a person that can no longer bake. But perhaps one of the biggest ways of all to show Christian love is how people see us. They see how we respond to trouble, letting them see a smile on our face in spite of disappointment or being cheerful in a trying situation. People judge us as Christians by watching us. If we can act in such a way that people can see the love Jesus gives us shine through us then that is an important way each believer can represent being a follower of Christ.

Be an example by following what Timothy and Peter call the characteristics of a Christian as being faith, endurance, gentleness, self-control, godliness, perseverance, kindness and love.

When God chooses unlikely people to do his work, then all the glory goes to Him.