Becoming a disciple: Being ready to be used

Scripture – Acts 23:16

But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.


We don’t know his name. We don’t know his age. All we know is that he was Paul’s nephew and that he was a young man. But what a significant role God chose him to play!

It could have easily been one of the apostles to catch wind of the plot to kill Paul and come to warn him. But no. God decided to use Paul’s nephew, a young man, to play this role.


Do we ever feel insignificant or overshadowed? Do we ever feel as if God has overlooked us in his plan? Do we ever feel unnecessary?

If we are willing to be unseen and out of the limelight, God may use us to play potential Kingdom-changing roles. If Paul’s nephew hadn’t gone to tell his uncle about the plot, and Paul had been killed as planned…

Jesus wants to use all of us. We need to be willing to be used. We need to be ready and on alert. We need to expect the Kingdom to be advanced by all we do.


Jesus, help me to be ready to serve you each day. Let me do everything with the expectation that you are using it to advance your kingdom. It’s ok to be nameless and faceless, as long as your kingdom is advanced and you are worshiped. My life is in your hands. In your name, amen.


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