The God Of The Lowly

One of the biggest things that hinders people is a feeling of inadequacy. “I’m uneducated, unsophisticated, don’t have much money. What can I offer God?” Must we all be public speakers? Must we be scholars? Can’t we serve the Lord with what we have?

In 2 Kings 7, Samaria was surrounded by invading Syrians. King Jehoram desperately wanted a victory. It came when God scared the invaders off, leaving all their goods and equipment behind. Nobody knew the danger was over until two hungry men, both suffering with leprosy, stumbled across the abandoned campground. They rushed back to Samaria and announced Israel’s God-given victory. Ungodly Jehoram was denied the glory. Two homeless lepers had brought the great news. Aren’t we like that? Few of us are great in the world, but God can use us anyway.

Some people feel they are too old to do much for the Lord. When the baby Jesus was brought by his parents to the temple there were no welcome bands, no public speeches, no dignitaries. Simeon and Anna, both seniors, got the job of official greeters. Their insightful words are recorded in Luke 2. The world would have presented Jesus with an elaborate ceremony. God used seniors. Are you in the final half of life? He can still use you.

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Did you know that one of the most effective preachers Jesus sent out was not one of the twelve apostles? The man was once a recluse living in a graveyard, mentally unstable and injured. Jesus healed him and said, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you” (Mk.5:19-20). He did, and “everyone marveled.” Even today the people who bring others to the Lord are often untrained, simple people who appreciate what Jesus has done for them. They want their friends and families to hear about it.

God works with the lowly; He sent Jesus to do the same. Never forget: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh” (Lk.6:20-21).

Don’t worry about who you are not. Think of who you are in the Lord. He makes all the difference.

– Tim Johnson