Daily Reflections

Ordinary and Unqualified

May 16, 2024 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. —1 Corinthians 1:27

Regardless of how ordinary and unqualified we may be, all of us as children of God can walk with Him and be used by Him—not because we’re inherently significant but because of our relationship with Christ. Our true identity isn’t found in a job, mate, child, position, or possession. It’s our connection to Jesus that gives our lives value and significance and makes us usable in His kingdom.

The significance of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, wasn’t based on any of the things our world values so highly—physical beauty, intelligence, education, natural gifts and abilities. It was her relationship to Christ that gave her life significance. “The Lord is with you,” the angel said (Luke 1:28). This is what made all the difference in this young woman’s life. And it’s what makes all the difference in our lives.

Don’t assume you have to be extraordinary to be used by God. God specializes in using ordinary people whose limitations and weaknesses make them ideal showcases for His greatness and glory.


Portrait of a Woman Used by God: Lessons from the Life of Mary of Nazareth ©2016 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Scripture taken from The CSB

Make it Personal

How have you seen God use ordinary people to bring Him glory? How can He use your life to showcase His greatness?