Who does God use?
Our principal, Mr. Dodd, wrote a wonderful message from Luke 2 in the school newsletter recently that is really worth sharing and contemplating further. Here’s what he had to say.
Our Term 4 Memory Verse Luke 2: 8-11 and says:
8 In the same region, there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.
11 For this day in the city of David, there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah).
This scripture reminds us of Jesus’ birth. The birth of God’s Son. Verse 8 states ’And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.’
As a staff, we too have been looking at Luke in our morning devotions and our wise teachers have noted how interesting it is that God chooses to use the least obvious people to do His work.
- The shepherds out in the fields, watching their flocks weren’t the richest, most educated or powerful leaders in their community.
- Mary was a young, unmarried female. Three qualities that automatically put her on the back foot in the first century.
- Jesus was born in a stable – not the most glamourous beginning for God’s Son.
There are many other men and women mentioned in the Bible who have done amazing feats through the power of God, even though they wouldn’t seem to be obvious choices at first to achieve great things. The very fact that God sent Jesus in the form of a helpless infant to save the world is a testament to how he chooses to show us his great confidence in us.
It’s easy to think that one day we’ll do better or be ‘good enough’ – and then God will use us. What an encouragement that God chose to use ordinary people just as they were. We don’t need to be someone different or greater than we are today – God’s grace is enough. God loves us, accepts us and wants to use us just as we are now.
This is something to remember, celebrate and give us all confidence as we commence the new term together. We encourage you to discuss this scripture with your children in the lead up to Christmas as it gives a beautiful context to the reality of God’s all-knowing, all-loving nature.
May you be blessed today and always.