Today is Friday. More specifically, it’s Good Friday. It’s the day we observe the death of Christ.

Although He had told His disciples several times what was about to happen – that He would die and rise again three days later – they were still in shock. His words of warning did not register through their grief.

Mark 15 tells this story, and mentions a man named Joseph or Arimathea who “lived expectantly, on the lookout for the kingdom of God.” (v. 43) It was his tomb that they laid the Savior in that afternoon. We know what’s coming next – that on Sunday morning that tomb would be empty again. But His followers didn’t make that connection.

Joseph had been on the lookout for the Kingdom, and he ended up smack dab in the middle of God’s plan. Did it look the way he thought it would? Probably not! But here we are, over 2,000 years later, and we mention his name every time we tell the story of the Resurrection.

My point is, we are also supposed to be on the lookout for the Kingdom, but our part in it might not look quite like what we think it should. Your part might be preaching before thousands, or it might be changing diapers in the nursery so that a baby’s parents can hear the Gospel. No one part is better or more valuable. Joseph’s tomb played a pivotal role in redemption’s story.

Don’t let anyone make you feel less than worthy because your part of the puzzle isn’t as large as theirs. Your responsibility is to be aware, and take the courage to act on what you’re led to do. Who knows – you might end up being more “useful” than you ever imagined.

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