"The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus."
Among the many aspirations we have as believers and lovers of God, one dream that undoubtedly tops most Christians’ lists is to be used by God. Wouldn’t it be incredible if God used one of us in an exceptional way like Peter? Or John? Maybe Mary or Queen Esther? What about Noah? Or Moses?
We pray earnestly and expectantly for God to use us to fulfill His plans here on Earth. Our hearts swell with anticipation of how God might use us. Then suddenly, fear sets in, and this growing apprehension zaps the zeal we were just feeling. How can I, an ordinary person, possibly do something extraordinary to serve our Lord and Savior? Think about it. The people we know of that have been used by God are, well, EPIC. Super-Christians, in fact! Right?
In Acts 4:13, we read that Peter and John impressed the council. Why? Peter and John were relatively uneducated former fishermen, speaking with authority and eloquence in front of the members of the Sanhedrin, a group of seasoned jurists that were experienced in sifting fact from fiction. What Jesus gave these two otherwise unremarkable men over the course of approximately three years prior to this moment in Acts 4:13was credible, God-given knowledge and insight that the jurists could not dispute.
The point is that no one, not even Mary, Esther, Noah, or Moses was born a super-Christian. If they were around today to comment on what is written about their lives in the Bible, they would shake their heads, incredulous that God used them, as flawed and insecure as they were in powerful ways to further His kingdom. They would inform you that they were indeed not super-Christians. Instead, they would tell you honestly and openly about how, at the moments they felt completely and utterly unworthy to serve our Lord, God would call upon them to serve Him.
You see, God can best use us when we have truly humbled ourselves and are reliant on His guidance and power as John and Peter were. We may never construct an ark to preserve humanity like Noah, or lead a nation of persecuted people away from their oppressors like Moses. But, that doesn’t mean that God isn’t using you right now in ways that you do not see as important but God sees as paramount. Ask God to show you how He can use you, and ask Him to open your eyes up to ways He’s already using you. There is deep significance in the seemingly small ways God uses each of us each and every day.
Hillary Carrine has attended the Journey since Spring 2005. When Hillary is not serving with her wonderful husband Jeremy on Sundays, you can find her acting like a big kid in Journey Kidz.