"Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. (Matthew 8:8 NRSV)
It is remarkable that the twelve disciples worked so well together, considering the significant differences between them. Philip was a scholar. Matthew was a tax collector, so the others would have considered him a traitor to his people. Simon (the Canaanite) was a member of a nationalist group, the Zealots. Judas Iscariot was not even from Galilee, but was an out-of-towner who most likely brought his own customs into the group.

What bound them together? God used ordinary people and still does. God doesn't use the most talented people, God doesn't use the most beautiful people, God doesn't use the most articulate people. God uses ordinary people like you and me.

Lord Jesus, my life is full of inadequacies, but I am thankful you use me anyway. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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