Ordinary Men

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” – Matthew 4:18-22

“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

Jesus has ascended back into heaven, and the Disciples are now carrying on the ministry Jesus called them into. Chapters three and four in the Book of Acts is actually one long account of Peter and John healing a crippled beggar. At this point in the account Peter and John have been arrested by the Sanhedrin (same group that arrested Jesus) because of this miracle and for speaking about Christ.

The Sanhedrin was the highest ranking of the entire Jewish leadership structure. This was a very highly educated group who also had a great knowledge of the Old Testament. Many would have had the entire Torah memorized! The Disciples, as we see from the Book of Matthew, were just fishermen; in Acts it even calls them unschooled, ordinary men. There was nothing special about their background that would cause them to stand out to the Sanhedrin, except for one thing. They took note because Peter and John had been with Jesus. Jesus took these ordinary men and gave them the ability through the Holy Spirit to stand with confidence in front of a group of people who by all earthly standards did not equal them. This is how God works; over and over in the Bible God is using people that it wouldn’t make sense to use.

There are many times when believers will not feel like God can use them at all. They feel they don’t have the right background or gifting for certain things. However, the same Spirit who was at work in the Disciples is still at work today in our lives. God is not waiting for someone else to do something for Him; He is waiting for you to do something for Him. He is not looking for someone wiser, or stronger, or more educated, or more qualified or better; He is looking for you and me. The Disciples get a lot of credit for the movement of the early church but as you continue to read through the Book of Acts, other names start popping up. God was using these ordinary men to start passing down and building up new people in the faith, and then those people found others to pass it on to. God in the same way wants to use the ordinary people of today to do great things in His name. God wants to use us to further His kingdom. What does God want to use you for?

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