We did a study on Matthew Chapter 4 today. We studied about several topics. One of the themes we talked about was God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary. As we read on, we will learn that Jesus chose twelve special disciples, often referred to as apostles. Here, in Matthew 4 we see that Jesus called four fishermen to be a part of this exclusive group of twelve. He could have chosen anyone. He could have called the wealthiest businessmen, the most learned scholars, or the holiest priests to follow Him. But, instead He chose four poor, smelly, uneducated, crude fishermen. Why? God is in the habit of calling the ordinary to do the extraordinary.
In biblical times, the Lord chose and worked through ordinary men and women. Mary and Joseph were just small town folk, yet the Lord chose them to be the adoptive parents of His only begotten Son. Similarly, the twelve disciples Jesus chose were ordinary men. He turned fishermen into fishers of men. Luke 5:10.
Even today, the Lord uses this same pattern. He turns “nobodys” in the world into “somebodys” in His kingdom.
As a teenager, when I gave my life to Jesus, I could never have imagined the awesome adventure I was about to embark on. It is an adventure that has allowed me to travel to the ends of the earth, partner with the forces of good, and battle against the legions of evil. It is an adventure that has allowed me to see, hear and experience the supernatural as I have put on the helmet of salvation, taken up the shield of faith and wielded the sword of the Spirit.
In today’s day and age, we are taught to pride ourselves in our individuality and uniqueness. But, to tell you the truth, I am just an ordinary person. There is nothing “special” about me. I have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a juris doctor degree in law. I am an attorney by profession. I was born and raised in Seattle, a city that has gained some world-wide prominence as the home of companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon.com and Starbucks. I am the youngest daughter of a middle class family. In my free time I like to write. I enjoy drama and acting. I am somewhat artistic. I love music. I collect Barbie dolls. Like I said, I am just an ordinary person.
I Corinthians 1:26-29 says:
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
God is calling the ordinary to do the extraordinary.
Although I am just an ordinary person, not a trained preacher, teacher or evangelist, yet, I have seen the power of God at work in amazing ways. I have seen blind eyes opened, deaf ears healed, short limbs lengthened. I have seen miracles, signs and wonders beyond my imagination. But, the Lord has been impressing on me that it is nothing special about me that I have had the privilege of seeing God’s hand at work. It is something He wants all of His children to experience.
He wants you to experience this as well.
I once read an account about a famous American jurist who was walking down a street one day. A little girl joined him. When the girl turned to go home, the man of renown said, "When your mother asks you where you’ve been, tell her you’ve been walking with Oliver Wendell Holmes."
The little girl replied confidently, "And when your folks ask you where you’ve been, tell them you were walking with Mary Susanna Brown."
Although you may not feel important in the world’s eyes. Remember, you are important in God’s eyes and if you will let Him, He wants to use your ordinary life to accomplish extraordinary feats for His kingdom.
After service, we prayed for the various needs. Several of the children got healed of various aches and pains. Then, one lady came with a big growth on her leg. She said she was in extreme and constant pain. As we prayed, the pain left. Mr. Chauhan had a soar throat and several other pains. After prayer, he was completely healed. Amit’s grandmother had excruciating pain in her back and knees. She had not gotten out of bed for four days because of the pain in her back. And doctors have recommended knee replacement surgery. As we prayed, to her surprise, the pain began to leave. She came in limping, and left walking normally. She agreed to call every day for continued prayer until she is completely healed.
After the service was over, we rushed to Delhi for a meeting. A small church in a place called, Goyla Dairy, was celebrating their one year anniversary, so they invited us to share the message and pray for the people. The place was packed with people. I would guess there were more than 100 men, women and children. After sharing, we prayed for the people to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and also for their physical needs. Many were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. One lady had a bad spirit in her that was cast out. Several were healed of various ailments. There was an elderly man who had back trouble, weak eyesight and hearing loss. As we prayed for him, he felt each of these ailments disappear. Another lady had a chronic stomach problem with a lot of pain. As we prayed, she was slain in the Spirit. When she got up, the pain was completely gone. A young girl had pain in her ears due to a problem in which the doctors said if she was not treated, she would get holes in her eardrums. As we prayed, she too was slain in the Spirit. As we continued to pray, the pain completely left.
As we were leaving, a family asked us to come to their house to pray for their son. He is paralyzed due to spinal fluid. We promised to visit them on Tuesday.
Scripture for the Day:
“Most assuredly, I say unto you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life”. John 5:24.