God’s Lowly People
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Have you ever stopped to realize how many of God’s special people had lowly backgrounds?Â Consider the following:
Joseph was a slave and prisoner.
Moses and David were shepherds.
Esther and Daniel were displaced persons of a despised race.
Joseph was a carpenter, and Mary a small-town girl.
Simeon and Anna were little-known prophets.
Peter, James, and John were fishermen.
Dorcas was a seamstress.
Because these people put God first in their lives, consider how God raised them up and used them:
Joseph became second to the Pharoah in ruling Egypt (Genesis 41:40-41).
Moses and David became rulers of Israel (Exodus 3:9-11; 1 Samuel 16:1, 11-13).
Daniel became prime minister of Babylon (Daniel 2:47-49).
Esther became queen of Persia and saved God’s people from extermination (Esther 8).
Joseph the carpenter was chosen to be the “stepfather” of the Son of God; Mary was His mother (Luke 1:26-35).
Simeon and Anna were used of God to prophesy over the baby Jesus and proclaim who He was and what He came to earth to do (Luke 2:25-38).
Peter, James, and John became Jesus’ foremost disciples and intimate friends.Â Peter and John wrote books of the Bible by inspiration of God (Matthew 17:1-3).
Dorcas was raised from the dead; many came to Christ because of this (Acts 9:36-42).
And then there was Jesus.Â Although He was the Son of God, He was born in the lowliest of circumstances, in a manger, to a couple with little money.Â There was neither fine hospital nor worldly acclaim such as given when a prince is born in England.Â Only humble shepherds knelt by His manger to give Him homage.
Philippians 2:5-7 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
When God came as a man, He lived in no great palace as other kings do.Â Instead, He said “the foxes have holes and the birds nests, but He had no place to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20). Then He gave Himself into the hands of His enemies to be viciously lashed, mocked, and spit upon.Â He let them nail Him on a cross.Â He, the Almighty God (Isaiah 9:6), humbly allowed this because He loved us and came to save us.
He is coming again to earth–as King of kings and Lord of lords.Â And those who have humbly followed in His footsteps shall reign with Him!
Fill my heart with humble gratitude today, Lord. Thank you that You use the ordinary and the un-spectacular. Fill me with Your amazing Holy Spirit today and use me to accomplish Your will. In Jesus’ name I ask this, amen.
Question: How have you seen God use “lowly” people to do great things? How has God used you in the past?
About this Author: Dr Muriel Larson