From ordinary to extraordinary

January 11, 2018 by Dr. Jack Graham

  that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

–1 Peter 2:9

I love the stories in the Scripture where people are called by God to do something special for him. These people are just like you and me, just common, ordinary people.

Moses was living on the back side of the desert, a total failure as the prince of Egypt, and God called him to deliver a nation.

When Goliath was taunting the Israelites, everyone discounted David, a teenage shepherd boy. But God didn’t! And David defeated the giant and became the king of a nation.

How about Nehemiah? He was living in Persia in complete obscurity serving as a cupbearer and God called him to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem.

Mary was a teenage girl living in Nazareth when God called her to be the mother of the Messiah.

And Simon Peter would have lived and died an ordinary fisherman except that Jesus called him to establish the church.

Do you see the pattern here? God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He uses improbable men and women who have nothing of their own to offer, but their faithfulness and willingness to say, “Yes.”  

So what has God called you to? I’ll tell you. It’s something wonderful and extraordinary!

He’s calling right now. And all you have to do is say, “Yes, Lord.”


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