Feb 02, 2022 18:30pm
Ordinary for the Extraordinary

I have a friend who is incredibly talented and can sit down at a piano and can start playing any song without sheet music. I am amazed at her gift.

I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. But even if I practiced every day, I would not be able to do what she does.

Another friend of mine, when she sings, I feel so much emotion the tears will roll. She has such an angelic voice that’s beyond beautiful. If I could sing, I would want to sound like her.

And yet another woman I know has a true talent for writing for such a young lady. When she puts “pen to paper,” the words flow softly and smoothly, blending together to create a profound and thought-provoking message. She uses her talent to teach young people how to write as well. I am always impressed when I read something she has produced.

Whether it’s a voice, a pen, a hammer, a musical ability, or a needle and thread, simple tools can be used to do great things.

In the book of Exodus, God used the staff of Moses to showcase His power.

“Moses answered, ‘What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’
‘A staff,’ he replied.
The Lord said, ‘Throw it on the ground.’ Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.’ So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. ‘This,’ said the Lord, ‘is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.’” (Exodus 4:1-5)

Moses, full of insecurities and doubt, questions God, “But what if they don’t believe you sent me?”

Moses was worrying way too much. His worry equated to doubting God’s ability. So God showed Moses that He can use the simplest of items to reveal His power.

God used an ordinary shepherd’s staff to display His divine power. He was not, and is not, limited.

Even today, just as He does with my friends, God uses the ordinary or simple things in life to bring great glory to Himself. Each of the people I mentioned above gives all of the credit to our Lord Jesus Christ for their abilities. They do not boast or think highly of themselves, and are true servants of Christ and desire to please Him through their gifts.

How has God gifted you?

What item does God use in your life to show you His greatness?

How do you see Him doing that in someone else’s life? Today, let’s take a moment to reflect on the gifts the Lord has bestowed upon us and decide how we will use them to further His gospel!