Wanted, Called, Saved, Enlisted: Ordinary People
A friend of mine has been a missionary to Africa. When he came to report to our church family I introduced him as a “hero.” My intention was to give our people a challenge…to see missionaries, not as burdens (always needing dollars for their work), but as blessings (helping us to fulfill the commission God has given us). However, my friend kindly rejected the idea that he was a hero. Instead, he preferred that the church see him as just another member, like any of them. He felt that it might prevent others from accepting mission challenges in their own life, if they thought they had to be somebody special. I think, perhaps, he was right.
In Acts 4, two of Jesus’ disciples get themselves into some trouble with the religious authorities. In Jesus’ Name, Peter and John had healed a lame man. This put the authorities in a bad light, for they had only recently seen to the death of Jesus. The two apostles handled themselves so well that the rulers noted that they had obviously spent time with Jesus. What was it about Peter and John that caused the rulers to note they had been with Jesus? The rulers could see they were ordinary, unschooled men. They were right about that. But these ordinary men had a courage and power that didn’t originate with them.
When Paul wrote to the Corinthians (1st Corinthians 1:20ff), he asked, “Where is the wise man, the scholar, the philosopher?” They weren’t in the Corinthian church. Paul said God chose the foolish, weak, lowly, despised, nothings to accomplish His purposes. Sisters and brothers, I will never make anyone’s Who’s Who list but Paul’s list is one I can measure up (or down) to. How about you? We don’t have to be supermen or superwomen. We don’t have to be heroes. God uses ordinary men and women. God gets glory for Himself by using plain instruments to create His beautiful work.
In James (5:17), we learn that “Elijah was a man just like us.” Yet God did extraordinary things thru him. You see…God is the Hero! So that job is filled. All of us are qualified to be involved in His work by virtue of being ordinary people who are willing to take God at His word. Is your self-esteem flagging? Let God show you how much He values you and what He can do thru a mere human being…an ordinary person…just like you. To God, even if to no one else, you are vital! You are important! Don’t allow feelings of either superiority or inferiority keep you from your proper place with God. Are you just a guy? Just a gal? Good! God has always used people just like you. Come on in. Welcome to the real church for ordinary people who want to belong to God and help with His work in the world.
If you have time, honor us here with just a bit about an ordinary Christian you know that God is using in wonderful ways.