Devotional

“Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” – Ephesians 1:11.

One of the most interesting things to discover in scripture is how God uses unlikely characters to bring about His will. One example is Rahab. Rahab the prostitute hid three Hebrew spies sent by Joshua to gauge the defenses of the city. (Joshua 2:1-7)  In doing so, she saved their lives. She then helped them escape. (Joshua 2:15-24)  In return, they promised that when the city was attacked, Rahab and her family would be spared. Jericho was captured, and Rahab and her family were spared. Rahab is among the four women listed in Matthew’s gospel as ancestors of Jesus. (Matthew 1:5)

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs brought numerous innovative, best in class products to the market place. These products helped pave the way for more people to hear the Gospel. Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, wrote a blog article on how God used Steve Jobs.

Laurie said that before Jobs, there was no such thing as an iPod, an iPhone or an iPad. “Now these devices have become a part of our everyday lives,” Greg wrote. “Most ministries now have a Podcast, which is an archived message that you can download and listen to at your convenience. Harvest ministries recently released an iPhone/iPad app that allows access to a ton of media content filled with the Gospel. I personally listen to podcasts everyday on my iPhone and I am typing this on a Apple Powerbook laptop and I read through the Bible in a year on the Harvest iPad app.”

Basically, Steve jobs put a Bible in everyone’s palm. He also gave everyone access to inspirational music. Although the was not his intent, there are few people who have had such an impact on the proclamation of the Gospel as Steve Jobs. God uses individual abilities for His purpose and that includes each one of us.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you seen examples of God using people for His purposes?
  2. How can God use your creative abilities?