Mike Glenn made an interesting point tonight at Kairos.
When you think of the great heroes of the faith in the Old Testament, your mind immediately goes to Noah, Abraham, and David among others.
But who were these people before God called them? Would anybody have ever heard of them if God hadn’t chosen them?
Noah might have lived out his life in anonymity. Abraham might have stayed in his parents’ basement and never left his hometown. David? His own father forgot that he was one of his sons, so that probably wouldn’t have amounted to much.
The old saying goes that God doesn’t call the equipped as much as He equips the called.
Look at Zachariah and Elizabeth. They were just another old couple, one who was a priest and another who was a woman who was barren. Probably not too uncommon in those days.
Still, God chose them to bring John the Baptist into the world.
If I had a takeaway from tonight, it’d be this: if God can use Noah, Abraham, and David, then He can use you. He can take your life and use it to make a difference in the lives around you. He can make your life matter.
The best example is a poor carpenter and his teenage wife-to-be. Their names? Mary and Joseph? God chose them and though they may not have understood everything, they said YES to God’s plan for their lives.
The result? A Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Jesus.
Who knows how far God will take your YES to Him? Who knows where the ripples from your small acts of obedience will end? Who knows but that people you’ve never heard of and may never meet in this lifetime may reap the rewards of your faithfulness, even though it seems like nothing to you.
It may take nine months (as in the case of Zachariah and Elizabeth) or nine years or 40 years. Keep moving forward, keep being obedient, and keep being faithful to what you know God is telling you to do and be.
Don’t give up. God is faithful.