The power of ordinary | Worship

By Don Saul, Jericho Bridge Church | Jan 08, 2014

Well, here we are again. It’s another new year, when we’re supposed to self-reflect on our (lack of) accomplishments and to muster the energy needed to change ourselves for the better.

At this time of year, most of us are feeling just kind of… ordinary.  Our body is worn out, our brain is totally fried, and our wallets have little moths floating out of the vast emptiness.

Forget about changing the world; let’s just make it to March.

Well, I’ve got some good news for you.  God loves ordinary people, and loves to use ordinary people for His extraordinary purposes!

The Bible is full of ordinary people that God grabbed hold of and used in mighty ways: David, Joseph, Ruth, Elijah, Deborah, Peter – the list goes on and on.

For example, there’s this passage about Elijah in the Book of James: “Elijah was a man just like us.

“He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

Elijah was just “regular people,” and yet God performed through him two of the most amazing miracles of all time.

Why does God choose ordinary people for his work?  Not because they went to the best schools, not because they were popular, not because of their physical characteristics and certainly not because they were sinless.

God chose them because of their heart.  Their eyes were fixed on God; they understood that God was their Lord and the author and perfecter of their faith; they experienced the joy of knowing God was with them.

Today, I want you to be encouraged!  If you’re feeling ordinary, great!  There’s a big God up there who wants to use you for his extraordinary purposes: serving at the food bank, sitting with a sick friend, hugging your son, driving a retiree to get groceries.

These acts of kindness may not seem like much to you, but they show Jesus Christ’s love to others around you.

See, what men call ordinary, God calls extraordinary.  God uses your heart to convey his heart, and that changes the world.

Fast-forward to a passage in the Book of Acts (chapters 3 and 4).  On just an average day, Peter, with a faith and new courage, proclaimed a healing for a beggar sitting by the temple entrance.

He was healed, which set in motion a chain of events of great consequence all around.  The power of God was loosed like a shockwave across the world, all because of a faithful man with a heart like Christ’s, who saw the suffering of another and did something about it.

It wasn’t Peter’s power – he was just an ordinary guy.  It was God, working through a man after his own heart.

This New Year’s, don’t let yourself get discouraged – be encouraged that Jesus Christ himself wants to give you a joy you haven’t experienced before, plus bless others through you.

So, even though you may think you’re just an ordinary person, God’s extraordinary love will reach out to those around you.

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