This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
Today, I am thinking about how we can serve powerfully in the shadows.
Recently, we talked about how Jesus had twelve disciples, but he had an inner circle within those twelve. 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 turn to the Scriptures, I see that Andrew is hardly mentioned at all, yet he is one of Christ’s disciples. After studying 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, 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. Andrew learned how to serve powerfully in the shadows.
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 no matter what. Andrew shows us that our name doesn’t have to be out front in bright lights for our worth to shine.
The next time we need to be reminded of how God uses those in the shadows to serve, remember these words: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
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So today, know that your worth shines, even in the shadows.