I was a mess! What I had to come to terms with was that God uses the plain and ordinary for the extraordinary. And most of all, He Himself took the form of an infant, of a baby lying in hay in a manger, to set the captives free; to give us eternal salvation! The religious Jews of the day were looking for a conquering savior!
They were looking for their Messiah who would come charging into Jerusalem and take power from Roman tyranny! And most of all, He Himself took the form of an infant, a baby lying in hay in a manger, to set the captives free, to give us eternal salvation!
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He chose to be plain. He chose to be ordinary. He chose people who were plain and ordinary and flawed. God uses the unqualified and I believe I know why! And it is the plain and ordinary that we can most closely identify with.
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Have you ever looked at a lump of clay? It is just that, a lump. It is a formless, plain piece of nothing! It is just that…a lump. It is a formless, plain piece of well…nothing.
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But oh…the potential in that piece! The potter gets his hands on it and shapes it and forms it and puts it through the fire to turn it into something useful, something beautiful. It becomes set, it becomes tougher in the fire, and takes the shape and form the potter imagined in their mind. But the only way to turn it into what the potter wants is to put it through the fire.
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That is the place where it loses its weakness and becomes firm and takes on the shape its creator gave it! The only way to turn it into what the potter wants is to put it through the fire. I had to go through a period of testing and working out the doubts, the fears, the uncertainties. There was that need to face my own insecurities and my own concern with what other people thought of me! I had to deal with the comparison game and looking at other people who I felt were FAR more qualified than I was.
I had to come to terms with the fact that it was ok to be unqualified! God uses the unqualified all the time throughout history! It was for others, not someone like me! I had to finally face my fear and choose to believe what God was telling me instead of the lies the enemy told me. I had to pray my way through trial after trial as the enemy tried time and time again to stop me with distractions and problems and stress. God takes us, as Jeremiah 18 says, as the potter takes the clay, and He molds and shapes us, puts us through the fire where we battle our doubts, our fears, the harsh words of critics, the laughter of naysayers, and we come out a beautiful work of art that He can use.
God takes us, as Jeremiah 18 says, as the potter takes the clay, and He puts us through the fire where we battle our doubts, our fears, the harsh words of critics, the laughter of naysayers and we come out a beautiful work of art that He can use. You are a beautiful piece of art formed by the hands of God Himself. And like silver, you are refined! You can do whatever God calls you to do, whether it is to lead a ministry or lead a toddler.
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Whether you are to teach thousands or teach those in your own home. You are a gift that God has handcrafted. So never despise the fires you go through because it is those fires that mold you and shape you. Longing to draw closer to God? Used by permission. All rights reserved. Thanks for this article. I appreciated the point that he uses the ordinary to do extraordinary things. I actually wrote an article on this a short while ago.
May God embolden us to believe in His will for our lives. I have faced nearly the same battles with my writing! God has clearly told me to write.
I have been through much refining fire…it is necessary and useful, but not very pleasant! So thankful God chooses to use us, ordinary people! Thanks for the great post! Blessings to you! This spoke to me on so many levels. I think I was afraid of success.
Like what if I do well then I have to keep doing it and coming up with ideas and I almost quit. But like you said God is enough. Jesus plus nothing equals everything. Thanks for telling your story.
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