God Uses Ordinary People

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“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”– Acts 4:13

Peter and John were on their way to the local temple (they were going to church) to pray one day when they saw a man who was lame from birth begging for money. In the name of Jesus, the two disciples healed the man.

This miracle however caused an uproar amongst the religious leaders. So, after healing this man and Peter preaching in the temple, they were called in front of the religious counsel. They had to spend the night in jail before being dragged to a large meeting filled with rulers and teachers.

When they asked for an explanation, Peter filled with the Holy Spirit said:

“If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”Acts 4:9-10

It’s after this statement that the rulers realized there was something different about these two men. They were simply ordinary men, not trained in the scriptures but they had spent time with Jesus, and they were full of the Holy Spirit.

You may be concerned you don’t have the “right” stuff for God to use you. You may think other people are more qualified. You may feel you are not good enough because you are just ordinary. Let me assure you today God specializes in using ordinary people just like He did with Peter and John. You may have great ability, or you may have very little ability but to be used by God what you need is availability. If you will make yourself available, regardless of how much you have to offer, God will make you able.


God, I bring you my life and ask you to use my life to impact others and to reflect Jesus. I make myself available to you knowing you will equip me with everything I need to accomplish your will for my life. Use my life for your glory everywhere I go! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Clarence Haynes

Clarence Haynes