Dave Short

Chicago, Illinois

National director of Campus Alpha, part of the Alpha Course



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The Unlikely

One of the most humbling truths revealed in Scripture is that God uses men and women for the accomplishment of His purposes.

Furthermore, the man or woman God uses may be a very unlikely person.  God reached Naaman, the commander of Israel's armies, through "a little maid" who served Naaman's wife (2 Kings 5:2). When God wanted to lead Saul of Tarsus into an assurance of salvation He used a man named Ananias.  But who was Ananias?  He is described in Acts 9:10, not as an apostle, not as an outstanding man, but as "a certain disciple."  

God delights in using ordinary people and this should be a great encouragement to many of us! Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, "Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were influential, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him."

You may be a very "ordinary" person at church, in school or at work, but the Lord wants to use you as He used Ananias, who was just a "disciple."


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