Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Are You Powerful Enough to be Ordinary?

Our culture is captivated by superheroes. From Gotham City to Metropolis, from Earth to Asgard, movie producers seem to be cranking out superhero films in record numbers. Of course, the thrill doesn't come from snug-fitting tights or even flying body armor. Story-tellers realize that, when a tale is presented well, the reader (or viewer) "becomes" the hero of the story. So to a degree, superhero flicks propel regular people from humdrum lives into roles where they can outwit, overpower, and vanquish the bad guys. (Another plus--superheroes tend to be physically attractive and rarely have trouble with their weight!)

A lot could be said about positive role models who fight for truth and justice, who stick up for the underdog and save the day. But let's get back to the real world. What does God require of His people? To be super smart? To possessive stellar martial-arts ability? To flaunt movie star good looks?

Not even close. You see, God takes delight in picking up ordinary men and women who know Him and using them as tools as He works in this world. Consider the backgrounds of Jesus' hand-picked disciples. They included fishermen. A tax collector (think IRS agent). Not exactly professions that made observers ooh and ahh. They were just regular guys, yet God used them to change the world.

Recall what the Bible says about the Jewish rulers in Acts 4:13:

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

That's our distinctiveness. To know Jesus and to use the new life He offers to live in a godly way for God.

Muscles aren't bad, but if you've got them and you're a believer, give God the glory for your good health and strength. Same for good looks; if you've got them, no need to be stuck up about it. Rather than relishing compliments, praise the Lord and glorify Him rather than self. Do you have the intellect of Mr. Fantastic or Tony Stark? Then thank God for giving you a good mind, then use it for Him.

The point is, most of us are fairly ordinary, but that doesn't mean we're unimportant. All around the planet, God is using ordinary people to be salt and light in this world. Those countless Sunday school teachers who instill Bible truths every week? They might be ordinary, but God uses them. Pastors of churches in "small" or "unimportant" places are as much tools in the Almighty's hand as leaders of megachurches. Maybe you're a Christian plumber, truck driver, insurance agent, construction worker, factor worker, office assistant, a writer, or...? Chances are, you can't fly or deflect bullets. But God wants to use you right where you are to be a source of light and encouragement to the circle of people you know. Are you willing to let His light shine through you?

Never lament being "ordinary." The fact is, if you believed you were truly extraordinary, then you'd probably be too puffed up with self to be any real good to God or others!


  1. This was a "super" post. It's really cool to see how far your website has grown as your mission has grown.

    1. Well, maybe super in an ordinary sort of way. Lol. Thanks!