Acts 4:13 – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
It doesn’t take a PhD, it doesn’t take a degree, it doesn’t take vast education, it doesn’t matter whether you have Dr. in your name or not. God will only use us if we have been with Jesus, if we have Jesus in us, if we are relying and trusting in him.There are no shortcuts. We have to see that we are insufficient, that we are unable, that we are incapable in and of ourselves. It is God that is sufficient, it is God that is able, it is God that will perform it, it is God through us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Moses saw his insufficiency and his shortcomings at the burning bush – Exodus 3. It took forty years in the land of Midian, and at the backside of the desert God brought him to the point of complete dependence upon him, so that he could then show his power through him. Time is no problem for God. God could now use him. Jeremiah saw that he could not speak, that he was a child, that he needed God’s words, God’s calling, and God’s deliverance – Jeremiah 1:1-10. All we need is God’s Word. Matthew 4:4 – Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. God’s words are simple, they are easy to grasp, they are easy to comprehend. 2 Corinthians 3:12 – Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech. But they have the authority of the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Jesus spake with authority – Mark 1:22. His word had power – Luke 4:32. If we speak God’s words we have authority, and we have power. Not ours, His. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth – Romans 1:16. This is what’s important, this is what we need for ourselves and to give to others. God uses common people, Peter was a fisherman, Matthew was a tax collector, Amos was a shepherd. The gospel is for common people. Jude talks of the common salvation.
Jesus said, Except ye become as little children – Matthew 18:3. It takes simple, uncomplicated, childlike faith. It takes humility, God resists the proud – James 4:6. This is why God uses common, ordinary, everyday people. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 5:3. Jesus said, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance – Mark 2:17. We need to humble ourselves to be saved by God, we need to humble ourselves to be used of God. We need to see that we are nothing.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.