Thursday, July 26, 2012

No-one special

No-one special

Before the start of the summer I prayed and asked God to open up the gospels afresh and anew to my heart.  I wanted a fresh encounter with Him.

I'm glad that you could join me as I write down my thoughts borne out of that prayer.  These are my ponderings and musings on the story about a "certain" man, Zachariah.

"In the days when Herod was king of Judea there was a certain priest whose name was Zachariah, of the daily service of Abia; and his wife was also a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth."  Luke 1:5-6 (Amplified)
Quite a few versions use the word "certain" priest.  He was a normal, "run-of-the-mill" kind of man who just happened to be a priest by birth. 

One reference mentioned that there were around 30,000 priests at this time.  They were divided into 24 divisions. each division served in the temple two weeks out of every year.  The rest of the time they ministered in their own home town.

Zachariah was one priest out of 30,000.  In the eyes of the community he really was no-one special.

Sometimes we think that God only uses those who "stand out", who are gifted, talented.

But He uses everyday, ordinary folk.

Acts 4:13-14 (Amplified Bible)

Now when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools [common men with no educational advantages], they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (New Living Translation)

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  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. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

God can use wise,wealthy, powerful individuals and God can use "certain" folk, like you and I. 

What God looks for are the traits that Zachariah had:
  • Righteous (not in his own sight but believing God)
  • Faithful
  • Obedient
Zachariah was simply obedient to the call that God had on his life.  Even in the midst of his own heartache (having no child) he served God and ministered to God's people.

Do you feel like a nobody? 

Do you wonder how God can use you because you may be poor?

Do you feel like no-one special?

Maybe you have thought that only "important people" are used by God?

Do you compare yourself to others?

This is not how God sees us.  Ordinary, common-folk, sure we are but putting on His righteousness, being faithful and obedient.  These qualities are what is important in God's kingdom.

Did you know Zachariah stepped into that holy place in spite of his fear?

More about that in the next post.

1 comment:

  1. You want to open up the gospels.......look at them anew in order to have a fresh encounter with Him.......and in doing us get closer to Him. So....thank you Maria ! What a gift !...........much love in Christ......Norma