Ordinary You, Extraordinary God
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. —2 Corinthians 4:5-7
Have you noticed that contemporary culture teaches us to disrespect things that are ordinary? If it’s not special, if it’s not superior, if it’s not flashy, then we think that it doesn’t matter. You know I wonder, is that what God really wants for our life? Does God want us to be prominent people? Is there anything wrong with being an ordinary person living a faithful life? Much of the aberrant teaching within Christianity reinforces this notion that somehow we’ve got to do something big, we’ve got to do something special, we’ve got to get our name in lights in order to make our life count.
So, I want to look at the life of an ordinary guy in the Bible. And as I’ve studied, I am convinced that King David falls into that category. Do I hear you starting to argue with me? Are you thinking, “David—ordinary? What are you talking about? He was amazing.” Think again. David wasn’t exceptional. David was an ordinary person. Trust me when I say, if there was anything that was noteworthy in his life, it wasn’t about David at all—it was God.
So you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s it? We’re all just ordinary? I’m not extraordinary?” I’ve got good news: You’re not—but God is.
That’s the bigger message of David’s life. When Samuel got the word from God that David was His man for the throne, “ . . . Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. The Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 13). God was the one who carried David into extraordinary events. Every time you go, “Wow,”—just remember, it’s God working in David. That’s the thing that was exceptional about him.
Here’s the key to an extraordinary life, “. . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts . . .” (Zechariah 4:6). If God uses us, it’s not about what we bring to the table at all; the extraordinary thing is always, always, always God.
Ordinary you; extraordinary God. —James MacDonald
• Have I ever realized that every talent or ability I have comes from God?
• What am I most proud of accomplishing? Who really should get the credit?
Heavenly Father, I must confess that in this area, I tend to rely on my own strength. I am sorry that when I pat myself on the back for a job well done, I am really taking Your glory. Help me to give you all the glory, recognizing that it is You who takes my ordinary self and does extraordinary things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.