The irony of being ordinary

I want to go on record and state it… I’m guilty!

I easily limit God’s arena of influence to those people or circumstances that are poised with greatness and just oozing with an essence of being extraordinary. Since I rarely, if ever, fit those qualifications I simply don’t often expect God to be able to do much through me. But…

“Once He [Jesus] set out on His earthly ministry, the incarnate God never stopped seeing extraordinary possibilities in less-than-ordinary events. He foresaw the future of His kingdom in a dozen dodgy disciples—some of whom weren’t particularly good at casting out demons and one of whom wasn’t even a believer in the first place (see Matthew 16:19; Mark 9:14–32; Acts 1:16–25). And, most absurd of all, in the midst of my many failings, God manages to notice a glimmer of His glory in even me.”
~ Excerpted from Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Timothy Paul Jones

Even the Apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament and was used by God to do some pretty amazing things understood the irony of God using ordinary people; even as weak and feeble as we tend to be. In his second letter to the believers in Corinth he wrote…

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us…” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6–7 (NIV)

Paul refers to all of us as “jars of clay” but points out that God does this because when He shines the light of Christ through our ordinary lives, it becomes obvious to others that it’s not us but God at work. This not only gives God the glory but draws people toward Jesus!

It’s precisely because we are ordinary people living ordinary lives in ordinary circumstances that God can use us to display His extraordinary glory!

Are you expecting God to use you or the ordinary circumstances of your life to produce extraordinary results?



Filed under Glory of God, influence with the world, Jesus

2 responses to “The irony of being ordinary

  1. Yes, we are the little mustard seeds and God gives the growth and the fruit. God is great, He even uses you and me!

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