Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ordinary People Accomplish Extraordinary Things

Do you realize that when you read the Scriptures, you are reading of regular, everyday, normal people? These were not people who were part angel, part human. These are not make believe characters from a fiction novel with supernatural powers. When you read and recount stories from the Scriptures, you are encountering ordinary people who walked with and trusted and unordinary God. You discover that the people who did incredible things were...well...just like us.

A passage of Scripture that I enjoy reading is found in 1 Samuel 10:9-12 (NLT).

What I love about this passage is that Saul was just an ordinary guy. Saul actually says to Samuel the first time he met him and was told that God had anointed him to become king, "But I'm only from Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families in the tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?" (1 Samuel 9:21 NLT) In the passage I referenced earlier, you see that when Saul gets filled with God's Spirit he begins to prophesy. No big deal right...that's what people back then did. Wrong. Big deal. Saul's friends hear him and ask, "What? Is Saul a prophet? How did the son of Kish become a prophet?" You know why they asked that question? Because he was an ordinary guy.

Saul was an ordinary dude. So much so, that his friends who knew him could not believe what they were seeing. So much so, that when Saul is told that God has chosen him to be king of Israel, Saul sites that he is from the least of all families and from the smallest tribe of Israel. Saul was saying, "I'm not an extraordinary person."

The beauty of God is that he takes ordinary people and does extraordinary things through them. How about you? You are not extraordinary are you? I'm not. Yet God desires to do something extraordinary through our lives. Do you believe that? Will you begin to live like it is so? What extraordinary thing could God do through you and me, just ordinary people?

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