Friday, May 15, 2009

Average Jane

Today is the day that I normally join Katy Lin over at The Great Adventure for My Husband Rocks, but I just really wanted to share this with you today.

I do encourage you to visit Katy Lin and link up with others sharing how awesome their hubby's are.

Yesterday while doing my devotions I had one of "those" moments. You know what I'm talking about. One of those moments when the Spirit just reveals something to you and it sticks.

The Scripture I was in was Matthew 4: 18-22.

"One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers- Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew- throwing their net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, 'Come, follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people!' And they left their nets at once and followed Him.
A little farther up the shore He saw two other brothers, James and John sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And He called them to come too. They immediately followed Him, leaving the boat and their father behind." NLT

The devotion I was reading went on to say that in that day, Jewish boys often attended rabbinical schools until their 13th birthday, at which time only the best and the brightest would be chosen to follow the local rabbi. These chosen ones would follow the rabbi going where he went, eating what he ate...doing what he did.

Those who didn't "make it" picked up a trade--carpentry, fishing, being a shepherd.

It then pointed out that Simon, Andrew, James and John didn't "make it"....they were fishermen.

That's when I "got it"!! I believe these 4 men were awesome men of God, but in their world's eye, they didn't "make it". In their world's view, they weren't smart enough, rich enough, handsome enough...they didn't fit the mold---but they fit the mold just perfectly for Jesus.

They were just average Joe's who didn't make the world's cut and were trying to make a living working their family's businesses.

Me...I'm just an average Jane. Nothing special, just me. But God plainly showed me yesterday--and what's even better is that I got it--He wants to use this average Jane. I've just got to allow Him to do that. If I'll just do what He asks, He'll equip me for whatever He has in store.

I'm not saying that God can't or won't use the highly educated or wealthy people. NO SIR!! Jesus died for them as well and wants to use them just as much as any average Joe or Jane, but so often our world focus on those who shine. Those who have acheived great things. For me..just an average was a great, eye-opening blessing to realize that Jesus chose those that had been rejected by the world's standards.

Makes me look at washing laundry, cleaning house and chasing kids in a whole new way......


Pam D said...

I love it when God reveals a piece of His heart and the person shares it! That's a wonderful observation, and one that means so much to me. I'm average, in the eyes of the world. But God? He KNOWS MY NAME! I am His.. and that's not average. Beautiful post... thank you!

Leslie said...

From reading this, I just realized something. Jesus spent most of his life as a carpenter. Does this mean that as far as His world was concerned, he didn't "make it"? Wow, that's something to think about!

Buildeth Her House said...

It's so amazing how what God valus is not what the world may deem worthy. Thank God I live by what the Lord thinks of me.

marina said...

love it when God reveals things to our heart its always full of so much Love and joy when he visits.
God well use you if you have a willig heart he looks down on the earth and see's who has a heart of love for him ") marina