You better watch out because Jesus uses Rudolphs.
Rudolph was a sad reindeer who didn’t have any friends, and no one would play with him. Additionally, the others made fun of him and called him all sorts of mean names. But one night, that all changed.
Santa realized how special Rudolph and his peculiar nose were. And Santa was able to use the most special thing about Rudolph in a unique way.
In this fictional Christmas story, we can see how much the portrayal of Santa is like Jesus.
Likewise, Jesus loves us very much, no matter how different we may be from everyone else. If others laugh at us or call us names–or maybe never invite us to join them–we can bet Jesus sees something special in us. What He sees may be something we find no pride in. Our peculiar nose might be our greatest hurt or biggest temptation.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
I’ve heard some say, “God will turn your mess into your ministry,” or, “Your problem will become your platform.” We’ve all seen that play out. The recovering addict starts a recovery group. The person who has experienced financial disaster manages the church or company budget. The divorced Christian paves the way for others to hold on to their faith when they are forced to let go of their marriage.
Once God heals our hurts, and we have overcome our issues, He can use that biggest struggle to help us pour into others. We should take Rudolph’s approach when Jesus comes and points out the one thing that makes us unique. We can step up to the challenge and allow God to use it all for His good.
Maybe, even during this holiday season, that will happen. From our loneliness, God may ask us to invite a table full of soon-to-be new friends. He may ask us to support someone suffering through their first holiday season of loss after we have experienced grief. From our frustration, God may show us someone who needs relief and guidance.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 NLT
God knows where we’ve been and where our journey goes from there. Never disqualify yourself when God has plans to use you just as Santa used Rudolph.
What is your biggest pain point or struggle that God plans to use?
Father, help me remain willing to be used by You, even if that means owning my messes and sharing embarrassing struggles with others. I want to please You in all I do and accomplish the good You have created for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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