This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
Today, I am thinking about how we are powerful, even when we are in the shadows.
Recently, I talked about how Jesus had twelve disciples, but he had an inner circle within those twelve. Interestingly, while we can quickly recall the names of his inner circle—Peter, James, and John—and perhaps even a few others, we may be challenged to list the names of all twelve disciples.
For example, when I read the Bible, I see that Andrew is hardly mentioned at all, yet he is one of Christ’s disciples. From reading the Scriptures, I learned that Andrew was the brother of Peter, and, given Peter’s notoriety, one might believe that Andrew lived in the shadow of his brother.
However, I realized that Andrew was actually the one to introduce Peter to Christ. His role was, in fact, bringing others to Jesus.
In other words, he wasn’t in Christ’s inner circle, but he helped to fill it.
In your life, perhaps you find yourself behaving a little differently depending on the setting you’re in. Maybe you are a little more outgoing in your social circle, but tend to be more reserved and in the shadows at the office.
Andrew’s story teaches us that it doesn’t matter. God can still use you in His work and for His goodness. Andrew shows us that our name doesn’t have to be out front in bright lights for our worth to shine.
Therefore, the next time we need to be reminded of how God uses those in the shadows to serve, let us cling to these words: “For even the son of man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
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So today, whether you’re in the shadows or not, know that God is using you for His work and goodness.