When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
As I read this passage this morning it struck me that I sometimes buy into the world’s view of people. I remember recently when I realized that our pastor at church had a doctorate, I was just a little bit impressed with him.
However, each of us has a ministry, a purpose for our lives. God wants to use each and every believer to build and to build up His church. When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit came to live within you. He is there with you now to teach, to comfort and to guide. With your conversion to Christ you were also given at least one spiritual gift. The Bible tells us that each of us has been given at least one of the motivational gifts described by Paul in Romans 12:4-8. Look over these seven gifts: Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leadership, and Mercy.
Examine your life to see which of these you have been given. When a need arises or a challenge is presented to you by the Lord, when a situation occurs that you know has spiritual roots, what is your first response? Think about the last situation that occurred that needed your attention, how did you respond? This might give you insight into the gift God has given you.
God does not choose to use only the worldly wise and well-educated. His call is for those who are willing to courageously, faithfully, and obediently serve Him. Our position or our education here on earth means nothing to the Lord. He will use a stay-at-home mom like me as readily as a doctor, a CEO, or a pastor. Just as He did two thousand years ago, God is looking for unschooled, ordinary men to astonish the world.
Our Lord Jesus wants the world to know that He is alive and well and waiting to save anyone who will come to Him by faith. What better way is there for the world to know that Jesus is real and alive than for people to take note that you and I have been with Him? Our gifts have been given to us for just that reason. On judgment day God will want to know just what you have done with your gift. Did you use it to bring others into His kingdom? Or did you keep it tucked neatly away, afraid to boldly step out in faith?
Romans 11:29 reminds us that “God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable,” but we must also remember what James told us in Chapter 2 verse 26, “faith without works is dead.”