Scattering the Ordinary

Cheri Strange

Day 12 Scattering the Ordinary

Day 12: Scattering the Ordinary

Scripture

And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Acts 8:1

Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Acts 8:4

Devotional Material: Scattering the Ordinary

Someone once interviewed Robert Seiple, who served as president of World Vision several years ago, asking if he ever became discouraged in the work against poverty, disease, and spreading the Gospel in hard places. His response traced a progression of what he believed was the worst situation he had ever encountered until he was faced with one even more horrific, from thousands of suffering from starvation to torture beyond what was imaginable. Yes. Even largescale hope-inducing ministry can be discouraging.

Some problems extend beyond the daunting radio tower. They are literally heartbreaking. Real people suffer. It’s crushing to bear the burden much less attempt to address the issues. America World and its efforts to place the lonely in families, caring for the vulnerable are no different.

What is the solution when it feels like you and only a handful of others are trying to share a life-saving remedy with the global community with limited technology, miles of red tape, and a handful of dollars to your name? How does God respond?

Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Acts 8:4

In view of the spiritual darkness, we know is out there, this doesn’t appear at face value to be a genius plan for impacting the world with Hope and the Gospel. But this, indeed, was God’s plan. Things in Jerusalem were going well for a while and the Church enjoyed a period of growth. (Acts 6:7). That was until several of the priests believed. Stephen was stoned and immediately following his death, Christians fled the city.

Please notice the subtlety missed the first fifty times I read this account. Who is called out to do this groundbreaking work, in new, possibly uncharted, territory? Peter or John? A prophet? Someone with an amazing platform? Levites? A powerfully gifted speaker? No. In fact, it was all the regular folks except the most qualified. Dads with ordinary trades. Moms like me, with daughters who were shy, and sons who smelled bad by the afternoon. God placed the crux of His Master Plan for extending Hope onto those who probably never anticipated the responsibility or felt they could make any impact.

Still Scattering

God is still in the business of using regular people for His Master Plan. You and I should stop looking to those seemingly more important than ourselves, with a better portfolio, who have a greater social media following and a stellar job. I’m certain Peter was more charismatic before a crowd than most. But Peter wasn’t picked for this. Just plain and ordinary Jesus lovers.

Are you a plain and ordinary Jesus lover? That makes you the Master Plan. Ask God to direct you in He wants you to be involved in that fits perfectly in His will.

Do you know any plain and ordinary Jesus lovers who need to be encouraged to scatter and make an impact? This is still His style. Let’s be thankful and begin to prayerfully seek these people out, expectantly, believing and encouraging them in the knowledge that God intends to use them.

 

 

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