There was the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:27–34. God could have reached him without human help. Instead, He allowed Paul and Silas to be incarcerated in his jail. From these two prisoners, the jailer heard the gospel, and he and his family came to faith.
I think also of Cornelius in Acts 10, a centurion searching for God. An angel told him he needed to meet someone named Simon Peter, and the angel explained where to find him. Interesting. The angel could have given him the gospel. Instead God chose to use Simon Peter.
And what about Saul (later the apostle Paul) in Acts 9? While it’s true he was converted through an encounter with Christ Himself on the Damascus Road, God sent Ananias to confirm this with Saul and to pray for him to receive the power of the Holy Spirit. So you see, God uses people. And He wants to use you. ~ Excerpted from Beyond by Greg Laurie
As we begin a new day and a new week we know what’s coming – mostly. Work, school, errands, chores, outings of various kinds, etc. But what we don’t know is who God intends for us to influence.
It might be someone we see on a regular basis – a family member, a coworker, a fellow student…
Or it might be an unexpected encounter with someone we’ve never before met.
We don’t know who, when, where or how… but we do know that God wants to use us.
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