Ordinary People – Extraordinary God
I was in the grocery store on a Monday morning. Not my choice as it was an early Monday morning and I was still exhausted from an 18 hour Sunday on the road ministering. I am standing in a long line – yes, it was really long and very slow and didn’t just seem to be because I wanted to be somewhere else doing something else, anything else. I am talking to the mother of two in front of me in line.
Started innocent enough – two young children who I relate to well – children are wonderful; adults can be a bother and usually are. So, I am having fun picking up teddy bears and other assorted things while talking to them. And I mention to the mother that long, long ago (and it does feel like it was in a galaxy far, far away) I use to shop with six kids tucked under my arm. The little girl piped up and say that there were three of them but one died. Her mother looked very sad and basically told her daughter that was enough. So, having already had the door opened for me – I jumped right in and told her that it was okay because she would, one day, see her in heaven. After all, the mother told her daughter to be quiet – not me. That comment went no where with the mother but directly into the heart of the little girl. She brightened up and said that her little sister had been really cute and fun to have but after a few days at home she died … and so I went back to my Heaven comment… it was a great shopping trip.
Said all that to say this: We do not need to be special or anointed or preachers to share the gospel. Mainly, we just have to be willing. We can be ordinary people because we have an extraordinary message backed by a supernatural and awesome God. I have learned that I need to step out in faith and begin the conversation. I simply obey God and step out into the adventure. This is demonstrating faith because my basic nature would be to say nothing and simply mind my own business and be quiet. Introverts are like that. Faith is not simply believing something. It is believing something and taking action in accordance with that belief. Hebrews 11:6 states that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” But it is also true that with faith, with the appropriate kinds of belief and obedience – we will receive power as power is needed. After all, the power was given so that we could be witnesses (Acts 1:8).
Are you ordinary? Are you willing? Will you take one step today towards reaching someone for Christ? As you do, you will find that God will come alongside of you and help you make the kind of eternal impact that nobody can make on their own.