In the previous Essential Jesus passage number 32 I wrote a post titled Seemingly Unremarkable Kingdom which was about just how low key the event was that brought God down from Heaven. A truly historic event that to me would call for an earth shattering mind blowing experience. But that was not how it happened. A defenseless baby born to a seemingly unimportant poor Jewish father and mother living in a small town of little apparent importance. It was a seemingly unremarkable event for most of the people living in the world at the time, even for many in the same town. In that article I pointed out a few other occasions recorded in the Bible where God also worked in seemingly unremarkable ways.
God often works in seemingly unremarkable ways with seemingly unremarkable people all to build a seemingly unremarkable Kingdom - God's Kingdom.
We read about many seemingly unremarkable people in the Bible and their response to seeing Jesus. Here in Luke's account we read about a few unnamed shepherds, a man named Simeon, and a women named Anna. What were their responses?
Shepherds near Bethlehem
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (Luke 2:16-18)
Simeon in a Public Gathering Place
Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." (Luke 2:27-32)
Anna in the Temple Courts
Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:38)Tell others... When people saw Jesus their response was to tell others.
It is amazing to me that not only does God desire to come to earth in such a seemingly unremarkable way he desires to use unremarkable people to spread his vital and life changing message to every person of every time. In a world and time where we have such remarkable and very high tech methods to communicate with other people the primary method God desires to use is our seemingly unremarkable words and actions, our personal response to His Son Jesus. When we look at Jesus, learn about his life, study the words he spoke, we will have a response. The response can't help but come directly from our soul. We need to share that response with others. Not in a necessarily big, fancy, media savvy way, but in a stripped down and honest way. This sharing will probably be some of the smallest things said and done in our everyday lives, but have very large and momentous impacts on people and their lives. Also we probably will not really see the impact of our unremarkable words and actions directly. Real authentic growth in the Kingdom of God is mostly the result of small unremarkable everyday words and actions coming out of our response to Jesus.
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photo credit: Photo in this post is titled Another Time and was wploaded to flickr.com on December 23, 2007 by _marmota