God Uses Extras

The Extras

As we read scripture, we can easily think that we need to be someone special to be used by God for the growth of his kingdom. The Bible is full of big names and bigger personalities that have, or could, be leading roles in any blockbuster movie. Every movie also has countless extras that complete the film. Even Castaway, which is basically a monologue by Tom Hanks, has a special extra – a volleyball named “Wilson” who has become a star in years since, having “his” own IMDb page!

Remember the young slave girl who suggested that Naaman, the Assyrian general with leprosy, go see Elisha to be healed. We do not even know her name, and yet God used her to bring healing to Naaman. As a result, Naaman came to faith in the God of Israel. Another nameless child gave his lunch to Jesus so that he could feed over 5000 people. Someone else gave Jesus and his disciples a place for the last supper, and the list could go on.

God Wants to Use Everyone

The reality is that God uses all people for his glory. Some are uber gifted, write half the New Testament people like the apostle Paul and others are put one foot in front of the other each day people like you and me. The common factor in every case is obedience. As we follow where Jesus leads, kingdom growth happens.

Whether you have a lead role or are an extra, play your part with all your heart for the glory of God.

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Cor 12:5-6 NIV)

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