God Uses the Common (like you and me!)
“Those who try to keep their lives will lose them. But those who give up their lives will save them.”- Luke 9:24
In my early years of being a Christian, I often had visions of being the next Billy Graham - standing in front of tens of thousands in packed stadiums, giving a teary-eyed altar call as countless men and women streamed down the aisles to give their lives to Christ. My own conversion looked a lot like that, and I thought acceptable service to Christ involved nothing less. If it wasn’t “radical” it wasn’t real; Jesus was nowhere to be found in the ordinary and mundane.
Except, of course, that he is found in exactly those places each and every day! No doubt he has plenty to do with those radical, exceptional moments - but they’re called exceptional precisely because they don’t happen very often. Yet the Bible tells us over and over that Christ is with us always, and then we read stories in the Bible of very ordinary people being used by God to do great things.
As a husband and father of 2 young kids I find myself thinking about this more and more - how Jesus is present in the ordinary and everyday, and how being faithful in the mundane is often his way of preparing us for when those moments for the exceptional and radical come to pass. Max Lucado talks about this in his devotional called “God Uses the Common” - he says, “Heaven may have a shrine to honor God’s uncommon use of the common.” He goes on to briefly share the the stories of people like Rahab, Paul, David, and Samson, among many, many others in Scripture - ordinary folks who took their place in the extraordinary story of God’s grace and salvation.
Maybe I’ll never be the next Billy Graham, and that’s ok. I’m here at KCWN now, sitting in front of a microphone every weekday morning, being obedient to God’s call and sharing the hope he’s given me with every one I can reach here in South Central Iowa and beyond. I realize now that “extraordinary” has little to do with me and a whole lot to do with his plans and our obedience. If you’re feeling the Monday blahs and struggling with how ordinary your life seems, take heart - who knows how God might use your common life to be part of his incredible story!