An Inpop Song Devotional: God Works Through Unlikely People

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A profound mystery – that God doesn’t just use the best, brightest and most impressive to accomplish His purpose on earth.  He uses normal people, and He receives the glory He deserves. 

When He does the impossible through normal people, the individual has no choice but to say ‘it was God in me.’  ‘Let them see You in me, let them hear You when I speak…’ has been the prayer for the JJ Weeks Band for several years, and inspired their hit single ‘Let Them See You.’  JJWB defines success by people seeing God working through them, not the band as individuals. 

Scripture is full of stories of God working through unlikely people to accomplish His plan.  And over the next seven days we’re going to look at seven different stories of God working through some normal people to display His glory to the world.

 

‘Let them see You in me

Let them hear You when I speak

Let them feel You when I sing

Let them see You

Let them see You

In me’

-JJ WEEKS BAND 

 

DAY 1 - Moses

Read Exodus 34:29-35

Moses was just a man.  But a man with a God-ordained role and responsibility in the life of God’s chosen people, Israel.  God let Moses experience His presence in a unique way: speaking, seeing, and communicating with God personally.  Moses saw God for who He was, and his own image was visibly transformed.  It was evident to the people around Moses when he had been with God because his face literally glowed with God’s glory. 

But did you know, that there is no longer a veil that separates Christians and God?  2 Corinthians 3:18 says ‘ And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.’ 

Are you spending time with God?  Are you letting him transform you from one degree of glory to the next?  Is your relationship with God visibly changing the way the world sees you?

 

DAY 2 – The Disciples

Read Acts 1:1-9

Can you imagine what must have been going through the disciples mind?  After spending three years with Jesus, he’s taken away, killed and buried.  But the story isn’t over!  Jesus is raised to life, spends 40 days with people, and then ascends to heaven to be with the Father.  And as he goes, he tells them that they are going to be his witnesses in all the earth.  That the message of what Jesus has done will spread across the entire planet because of this handful of people.  Talk about pressure.

BUT, Jesus wanted them to wait for the Holy Spirit.  They were not going to be able to spread that message on their own they needed help.  And the powerful help they received was the same power that raised Jesus from the dead – the Holy Spirit.  

When have you tried to do something for God in your own strength?  What was the result? How do you feel like God is asking you to step out in faith now?  To do something that can only be done through His power? 

Pray that as you step out in faith, that God will show himself strong in your life – and that your life will be a witness to the greatness of God to those around you.

 

DAY 3 – The Blind Beggar

Read John 9

A man blind from birth – because of his disability, cast away from society and forced to beg to provide.  Everyone in the community would have known who he was, familiar with his circumstance.  But Jesus, as he always did, turns the social expectations on their head.  The man was not born blind because of something he did wrong, or something his parents did wrong, but because God was going to use his circumstances to display His glory through them.

The glory of God was on display in that community the day that Jesus healed the blind beggar.  Jesus used the man’s circumstances to point people to the power and glory of God.

 Often Christians want to hide their scars and flaws, because they feel like they should ‘have it all together.’  What are some areas where your life circumstances can point people to the Glory of God?

How has God displayed His power in spite of your weakness and humanity?

 

 

DAY 4 - Peter

Read Matthew 16:13-20

 

Peter is always given a bad reputation.  Often thought of as harsh, impulsive, and quick to speak and to run away.  But in all of his ‘flaws,’ Jesus makes a humbling promise: that Peter will be the one on whom the Church is built.  The Gospel will go forth, and churches will be planted in the entire world because of the witness of Peter. 

But the ability to understand the correct identity of Jesus, the ability to be a witness and to plant churches was not because Peter was an insightful, intelligent person.  It was because God had given the ability to Peter (verse 17). 

When God reveals himself to even the most humble and unassuming person, great things are accomplished.  Not because the individual is great, but because God is great. 

How has God displayed who he is in your life?  How have you seen God work powerfully in the lives of the people around you in ways you would never expect? 

 

DAY 5 - Joshua

Read Joshua 1:1-9 

We’ve probably all heard the ‘be strong and courageous’ verse from Joshua 1:9.  But did you know that Joshua was being told to be strong and courageous as he stepped up to the plate leading a nation of people, and soldiers into battle as the people of Israel moved into the Promised Land?  We’d probably all need to be reassured to be strong and courageous with those kinds of responsibilities as well! 

If you read through the book of Joshua, you see God giving Joshua success after success.  But the secret didn’t lie in Joshua ‘manning up,’ the secret lies in verse five – ‘No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life.  Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not leave you or forsake you.’  God was with Joshua.  The battle was the Lord’s.  The victory was the Lord’s.  Joshua just got to be a part of what God had promised to His people. 

In what areas of your life do you need to be strong and courageous?

How have you experienced the truth that God never leaves or forsakes you?

 

DAY 6 - Paul

Read Philippians 1:18-26 

Sometimes things that we’ve been taught over and over again can begin to lose the power that we first felt upon our initial learning.  ‘To live is Christ, to die is gain…’ certainly must be one of those verses.  The apostle Paul was one of the most influential people in the early Church.  He understood for a Christian, it is far better to be in heaven enjoying Jesus and the presence of God.  But as a Godly church leader, mentor and coach, he had a a desire to see those around him grow and develop in their faith. 

To die was gain for Paul personally – it meant he got Jesus.  To live is Christ was gain for those people he was serving – he pointed them time and time again to who Jesus was, what He had done, and His love for the Church.  And because of that, he was torn.  

Have you ever thought of your life like Paul - an amazing opportunity to constantly point people to Jesus?

How can you live as Christ this week?

 

DAY 7 – David

Read Acts 13:22-23 

God uses whom He wants to accomplish His plan.  David – a man after God’s own heart, was painfully honest with all of his faults - a murderer, and an adulterer to name a few.  Not exactly someone that you would think would be on the short list of people that God would use.   Starting out as a little shepherd boy in a field, the course of history was altered forever when David was anointed to be King of Israel.  

The birth of Jesus, the Messiah, Savior of the World, God in flesh came through the line of David as we read in verse 23.  Is there a more accurate picture of God’s glory being displayed in flawed people that the Savior of the world being born through the line of someone as messed up as David?  

David loved the Lord.  And David walked with the Lord.  David’s life changed history.  God used David in spite of David to accomplish his plan.  

What is encouraging about David’s story for your personal relationship with God?

What can we learn from the life of David about pursuing and living for God even after we’ve messed up?


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