If I was the Creator of the Universe and I wanted to offer Salvation to the humans on planet Earth, I would not have done it the way God chose.
Think about it:
The Son of God was born to an unwed teenage mother in a stinky, unsanitary manger (most likely a cave).
He grew up in a poor household, became a carpenter and spent his spare time fishing.
He was followed by a small band of guys who weren’t in any danger of being listed on any Who’s Who lists and they were considered the lower end of society.
He spent just 3 years of His adult life walking and talking to whoever would give Him an audience and most of the time He spoke to poor, common folk and sometimes even prostitutes and tax collectors.
He was ridiculed and mocked by the religious and political elite.
Although He committed no crime, He was sentenced to die on a cross in one of the most painful and humiliating ways to die humans have ever devised.
The 11 guys who were entrusted to carry on His message were so afraid of meeting the same fate that they hid out after His death and one of them even denied even knowing him.
But yet here I sit, over 2,000 years later, in my office where there is a bookshelf that contains a dozen or so copies of a book that chronicles the teachings of Jesus. How can this be? How can we still be talking about Jesus when he led such an ordinary life and those entrusted to spread the Gospel were uneducated and scared of sharing this message?
Because God had a different plan!
God chose to use the imperfect, dregs of society to change the world and that means he can use you too. Are you upset with the hand life has dealt you? Tell it to Peter who was crucified upside down. Tell it to the countless number of Christians who have paid the ultimate price for practicing their Faith. Did you think this Christian life was supposed to be easy?
If there’s one thing you can take away from the less than ordinary birth of Christ, it’s that Christians weren’t meant to lead a pampered life full of unicorns and rainbows. Christians follow Christ’s lead and live in the real world. The Christian life is messy. It’s uncomfortable. It’s controversial. It’s radical. It’s divisive. It’s emotional. It’s disappointing. It’s unfair. It’s hard.
But like those 11 men who were literally scared to death after Jesus’ death, Christians were created to change the world. Are you ready?