1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NIVUK)
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.
Here’s another verse for those who may feel they are too small or insignificant for God! God has a habit of turning things upside down – as we will find out as we look at Mary’s story over Advent. The Bible story is often one of God using ‘small’ people to show up those who think they are ‘big’ or important. Sometimes, as in the case of David and Goliath, this is literally the case! This is the story of Jesus, the failed king who had no wealth, no palace, no recognised status or position in society, whose claim to be ‘Lord’ ended up with his capture and crucifixion. His Heavenly Father saw beyond his ‘smallness’ and weakness, beyond his ‘failure’ and raised him to new life, placing him on an eternal throne.
Father, thank you that you use the ‘small’. Help me not to aspire to be ‘big’ but to simply trust in you and be faithful in living out my faith day by day.