Thought for the day – #TFTD – Tuesday 12th May

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Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Matthew 4: 21 – 22

The disciples were an incredibly ordinary group of people. They weren’t from the elite of society. They weren’t rich and well connected, nor were they learned or well read. They were from ordinary backgrounds doing tough jobs. Were never told they had any particular skills that would make them an asset to Jesus’s ministry. And yet these were the people Jesus called. And even when he starts getting invites to dine with members of high society, he doesn’t ditch his original disciples. Instead he cherishes them as friends until the end.

Throughout the Bible God chooses the person you’d least expect. To father a great nation God chose the 90+ year old Abraham, to be a national leader and statesman God chose Moses who spoke with a stutter, and to share the Good News to the world God chose Paul, the biggest persecutor of them all. God took them beyond their limits and with his help they changes the world around them.

We can all list of with ease the reasons why we’re not the best Christian that ever walked the face of the earth. But none of that means that God can’t and won’t use us. When we are open to God’s guidance and will, they can take us to places we never imagined we could go and do things we never would have believed we could manage.

Prayer: Lord I pray that I never write myself off. I know that you can do incredible things through me, so I place my trust in you. Help me to see you at work in the people I least expect. May I see your grace in unexpected places and in unexpected people.

Action: Think about the unexpected sources of help in your life, the people who appeared at just the right time. Thank God for them and reflect on how you could be that person for someone else.