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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” —1 Peter 4:11 (ESV)
Do you ever feel like what you do is insignificant in God’s eyes? Maybe you say to yourself, “I am just a (fill in the blank), what difference am I actually making for God?” Or maybe you wonder why God has not gifted you to preach to the masses, or be a missionary to unreached parts of the world. Maybe you just feel ordinary, average. Do you know who else was an ordinary, average guy? Peter. He was an ordinary fisherman, living in a small town, going to work day in and day out. He had a wife, he had kids, he had bills to pay; he had never been to college. Then he met Jesus.
It was in his time with Jesus that Peter saw life’s true significance as Christ sought only the will of the Father every single day. And Peter got to witness the Father empower Jesus to heal the blind, walk on water, cast out demons, and even raise the dead—all while giving glory to the Father. He saw Jesus remain silent as He was beaten and crucified. He saw Him resurrected and then ascend back to the Father. Then, just a few days later on Pentecost, though Jesus was not in front of Peter for him to watch and learn from anymore, He sent the Holy Spirit to fill Peter—and all those who were there—with His power so they could do the things Jesus would do and say thing things Jesus would say. Jesus had empowered Peter and the other disciples to not just watch Him bring glory to the Father, but to participate in bringing glory to the Father.
This is why, years later, he encourages the churches to understand that God is living through them. When they speak, when they serve, and in everything they do, God can be glorified, just as when Jesus was on earth. That same truth is for us today. God wants to use the ordinary things in your life to bring Him glory. He wants to use your relationships, your finances, your parenting, your drive to work, the food you eat . . . He wants to use every part of who you are for His purposes. Nothing is too small. Nothing is insignificant. Nothing is wasted.
DIG: What is one area of your life you would consider ordinary, average, or insignificant?
DISCOVER: How do you think God could use this area to bring Him glory?
DISPLAY: Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to bring Him glory in this area of your life.