What I read today;
Hebrews 10-11; John 2-3; Amos 3-4; Proverbs 8; Job 40; Deuteronomy 11
We have a tendency to put people on pedestals. We revere the founders of companies, past presidents, war heroes, and Christian leaders.
I watched an interview with a soldier name Sal Giunta. He became the first living recipient to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. In the interview, he refused to accept the praise being showered on him. He continued to push credit to the soldiers around him. Years later during a dedication ceremony for the Medal of Honor Walkway, at 173rd Airborne Brigade Headquarters in Vicenza, Italy Sgt Giunta chose to give his Medal of Honor to the Brigade in honor of his fellow soldiers.
If you take the time to read the “Hall of Faith” found in Hebrews 11, you will find several people honored. Yet if you look at each of them and research the scripture that they play a part in, you will find that they are all regular human beings. They are not particularly special in any sense. They are simple shepherds or farmers trying to live each day. The only difference between them and any of the other people alive at the time was that they put their trust in the living God. They believed that God would give them grace and mercy at the ends of their lives. Each of them understood that without God, they didn’t stand a chance.
The thing that truly separates these ordinary people was that God chose to use these ordinary people to change the world. He used each one of the people mentioned in the great “Hall of Faith” to bring a savior to the world.
It’s the same today. God uses ordinary people to change the world around us. Small churches with people reaching out into their communities with the Love of Jesus Christ. Offering hope to the hopeless and the love of God to all willing to hear it.
We should stop putting people on pedestals and recognize once and for all that Jesus wants to use all of us to advance his kingdom.