I’ve always been intrigued by Rube Goldberg machines—watching a complex series of items working together to form a simple task. They’re captivating to watch and you’ll find one of my favorites in an excerpt from my devotional, Find Rest. I hope you feel encouraged that God is using each of us for His purposes!
All Parts Are Necessary For The Designer’s Ultimate Purpose
Honda put out a remarkable commercial in the 2003 called “Cog.” You can see it here. In the ad, a team disassembled a Honda Accord and put the individual parts into a domino-like setup, all starting with one simple, small cog. The cog slowly rolls down a decline, which then sets the chain reaction going—using car parts such as tires and pistons, windshield wipers, coils, and other doodads that most of us never even knew existed!
This 120 seconds of masterful planning ends with the key fob being pushed to close the trunk of a fully assembled Accord, and the phrase “Isn’t it nice when things just work?”
There were many far simpler ways to close the trunk of the car. One person could’ve just pushed the key fob button. Done. But the point was not just to close the trunk: it was to get all the parts involved in a precise way. The big visible car parts and the small “what is that thing called?” parts were all necessary for the designer’s ultimate purpose.
God Chooses To Use Us To Accomplish His Plans
Life is kind of like that when you’re a Christ follower. We all know God could take care of any issue, problem, or situation in the world. He could just “push the button” and do it all Himself. He doesn’t have to use anyone in His divine plans.
But that’s not how He works. Amazingly, our God has made every one of us important to His purposes. He has made each of us members of the body of Christ. And He uses us to accomplish His work.
When Have You Felt The Nudge?
Think about the times you felt a quiet nudge to offer compassion or encouragement, whether it was as simple as smiling at someone who looked like they were having a hard day or patiently holding the door for the elderly lady who was moving slowly. Maybe you felt like you should bring a meal to someone who was sick, or you realized you were in a position to be a friend to someone who was lonely or in need of advice. Perhaps you even felt a sobering sense that you had to lovingly challenge someone’s destructive behavior.
Whatever it was, you were doing your part in God’s purposeful display of His goodness to the world. So whenever you feel those nudges, listen. You may feel inconsequential but step out anyway. God uses us all—small parts, big parts, and those parts in between—to accomplish His will.
Excerpt taken from Shaunti’s devotional Find Rest from iDisciple Publishing
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