More Than Love | Ordinary People
…the fishermen…were washing their nets.… Luke 5:2
It was an ordinary day. Ordinary nets. Ordinary conversation. Peter and his buddies were busy working after a long night of fishing with little to show for it—and that’s where Jesus found them. When Jesus went looking for the kind of men who would make good disciples, He didn’t go to the resorts or the palace. He went to the docks. The tax collector booths. The fish market. He chose twelve guys who had weathered storms and kept going. They weren’t necessarily popular, talented, or smart. He could handle that. Jesus wanted people who could commit, guys who were already proving they could give it their all, even if it was a little misdirected. He chose ordinary men to change the world because they were hard at work right where they were.
That’s where He still finds world changers. He looks for teachers who teach like Jesus was in their class, managers who go the extra mile, truck drivers, waitresses, nurses and stay-at-home moms who are busy doing what God has given them to do. He’s not looking for popularity, talent or brilliance. We prove ourselves worthy of greater responsibilities when we are faithful right where we are, working like He was our boss. It took Thomas Edison 1000 tries before he invented the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” Because Edison didn’t give up the first 999 times, God gave him success that brightened the world.
Final Thought: What are you doing in this season to prove yourself worthy of greater success?
Prayer: Father, sometimes I feel like my life isn’t going anywhere. I have visions of doing great things for you, but feel stuck in this season. I want to be faithful where I am, to prove I can be trusted with more. Help me press on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.