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Nobody - Chosen for God's Work

When Jesus started His ministry, He chose 12 men to fully train as His representatives. He had a massive following, including several men and women, outside of the 12 disciples of which 11 became apostles that we hear the most about. He knew His time remaining on the earth would be short and He needed people who would spread the Good News once He was gone. And from there, others would continue the work as Christians. This has been going on for over 2,000 years.  

The people Jesus chose to spread His message were simple people who were open to Him and His teachings. They included fishermen, a cheating tax collector, a rebel, and a doubter. At the time, women were not allowed to be part of the men's church. But Jesus changed that. He encouraged women to be part of His congregation. One of the women was Mary, called Magdalene, whom Jesus cast out 7 demons and was the first person Jesus spoke to when He was resurrected after His crucifixion. He told her to go tell his brothers (the 11 remaining disciples) He was risen. (John 20:16-18)

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Before His crucifixion, he spoke to a Samaritan woman (John 4), at a well, who had been married 5 times and was currently living with a man. At the time, Jews did not talk to Samaritans either, and many people probably judged this woman. However, Jesus knew she was open to hearing about Him. You see, Jesus is a good judge of a person's heart. And He was right about this woman too! Once He explained that He was the Messiah she was waiting for, she went and told the other Samaritans in the nearby town. They believed the woman's testimony and met Jesus at the well, asking Him to stay with them for a while. Jesus stayed with them for 2 days and many more Samaritans became believers.

Because of Jesus, we can all be His messengers. We don't have to be famous or have a degree from a seminary. We just need a testimony. I'm just a housewife. I'm not perfect. I've made my share of mistakes, and I still make plenty of mistakes. It's those imperfections and those life lessons that God can actually use. God has called me to teach those who will read what I write about Him, His Son, His Holy Spirit and the love and salvation that He has to offer. 

When God spoke to me in a dream one morning, I was a skeptic. His exact words in my dream were, "Moses is dead. You must lead my people now." Only a few days later, I read that phrase almost word for word from an NLT Bible Scripture, a Bible translation that I had never read from before. The verses are from Joshua 1:1-2 "After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 'Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people.'

God works in my life every day. And since that dream in March of 2015, I want to learn as much about Him, His Son, and His Spirit as possible. Until then, it was enough for me to be saved. My salvation was all that mattered to me. That was very selfish. But since then, I want to share this Love and Comfort that I feel. I want others to know how much they are loved and to trust Him with their lives. Nobody is ever too far gone that God can't reach them. God loves all of us, not just the saved. So, if you're saved, you have a testimony. Tell someone else about God. Casting Crowns sings this amazing song about the purpose of every Nobody God has chosen. Please listen.


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Have a blessed day,

Patricia

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