Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Unlikely People

Not only was the Son of God born in an unlikely location and of unlikely parents, He chose His first followers at an unlikely place. He didn't search the religious schools for the most learned scholars. He didn't look among the ranks of brilliant military leaders. He stayed away from skilled statesmen and famous orators. Rather, Jesus went to the shores of Galilee and called out four common fishermen—Peter and Andrew, James and John.

"Bad choice," some might say. "Uneducated.
Tough characters. What would they know about starting a worldwide movement or marketplace? They couldn't work a crowd if they had to."

Now, let me say that fishermen they have many positive traits. They must be resourceful, courageous, and patient. They must plan carefully and take care of their equipment. Such qualities are no doubt helpful in carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), but I don't think that's why Jesus chose those men. I believe He wanted to demonstrate how God can transform ordinary people into "fishers of men" (Mark 1:16-17).

God's work is often done by unlikely people from unlikely places—people like you and me.

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