“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well..” ( Romans 12:6)
The Bible has many larger than life center stage characters. These often obscure the fact of the existence of others who played as equally an important role.
For example, where there is the Apostle Paul, there is a rich cast of multiple lesser known figures who enabled him excel. At one stage in his ministry, he was assisted by a “woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us” ( Acts 16:14-15). This businesswoman would then use her resources to support the ministry of Paul.
Equally so, the Lord Jesus had lesser significant supporters of his ministry. “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him” ( Luke 10:38). This was a powerful encounter of one working in the background to assist Jesus in his ministry.
While we know of Abraham as the father of our faith, he had always a constant companion Sarah with whom he traveled with through the wilderness till he settled his family. “As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you” ( Genesis 12:11-13). Given that Abraham had to this length it shows the significance of this companionship.
In carrying out God’s work everyone has a role. Some roles are more pronounced than others but no less important. That said we should all aspire to know our role based on our given talents to serve God faithfully.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in your kingdom you have a role for everyone of us and now I pray to find it and serve you faithfully, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!