One of the most surprising things about God is that He chooses to use us. He chooses to use people in His plans!One example of God using people in His plans is at the birth of Jesus.
You see, it had been prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. But there was a little problem – Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth.
Not good – this one would need to be fixed.
God could have sent an angel to tell them to get up and go to Bethlehem. He could have told them to move in a dream. He could have chosen ten thousand other ways to have them go to where Jesus was to be born, without using people.
Instead, God chose to use someone. The greatest ruler of the time, the leader of the Roman world, Caesar.
Luke 2:1–6 (ESV)
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
I’m sure at the time Caesar thought it was a great idea of his to decree that a census should be taken. A king needs to know how many soldiers he can use and how many people he can tax doesn’t he? Almost any king likes the thought of more tax… But it doesn’t matter what Caesar thought, it was God who was directing the scene – so that Mary and Joseph would be in Bethlehem at just the right time.
God can choose to use leaders, He can choose to use beggars. I am sure that Caesar had no idea he was God’s chosen vessel at that time!
And just like that, God can also use us. Not only because He can, but because He chooses to! All throughout the Bible you see things happen where God chooses to use someone to accomplish a task, when it would have been much easier to just do it Himself, or send an angel, or tell by a dream, or anything else. And you don’t need to be a king or earthly ruler. God will use anyone who submits to His will (a study for another time), but He can also use anyone at all – whether they want to be used or not.