“[Jesus] matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity.” (Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy)
I’m a very ordinary girl…woman.
Really I am. There has never been anything extraordinary about me or my life. I’m not beautiful or all that smart. I’ve struggled with my self-perception my entire life – I’m either too fat, too skinny, too much of this or not enough of that.
I’m very ordinary and well aware of it.
Most of my life God was the big man in the sky who I prayed to when I needed something. Or confessed to when I felt guilty and needed forgiveness.
After I had my daughter, all of that changed because I wanted more than a Sunday relationship with Him. I wanted to know my Heavenly Father. I wanted to know the God who came as one of us, who slept, ate, and died…like us. I wanted to know how to love Him and be more of what He wanted me to be.
Whatever that was.
In Matthew 5 of the Bible, we find the beatitudes, eight blessings from the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:1 states, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
For so long when I read, blessed are the poor in spirit, I thought it meant it was a good thing to be poor and to not have a love of money. When actually, to be spiritually bankrupt doesn’t mean that you are or need to become weak, poor, meek in order to inherit the kingdom of God. There’s more to it. Here’s what I’ve come to realize:
Blessed are the spiritual zeros- the poor in spirit (the ones that know zilch about God), blessed are they when the spirit of God comes upon them.
Look at a couple of examples in the Bible of unworthy, spiritually poor people God used.
- We read stories about Zacchaeus, a lowly tax collector hated by all. Yet Jesus chose him to eat with. Jesus values him. Friends him. This is what the kingdom of heaven looks like.
- What about the adulterous woman? The crowd wanted to stone her and Jesus agreed, saying that is the law. But there was a qualifier. The one without sin had to throw the first stone. And all the stones dropped.
“Where are your accusers?” Jesus asks.
She says, “They are gone.”
He says, “I don’t accuse you either, now go and sin no more.”
Once touched by the Savior, Zacchaeus and the adulterer were never the same again. They wanted to be close to Him, follow Him, and know Him. They were on fire for God!
That’s how we are too.
We are all ordinary until God comes along and makes us extraordinary! (<===Tweet That)
Jesus ate with the lowest of society. They were nobodies, but to God they were somebodies.
When they heard Him speak they knew there was something different about Him. They weren’t sure what. But they wanted more. More of Him. More of His words. More of His love.
We are all ordinary people changed by the hand of God. Once we get a taste of His grace we are completely overwhelmed by how good He really is and We. Want. More.
Jesus was a poor carpenter, an average Joe, making a living doing his thing. He probably made a decent living helping to run the family business. But His job didn’t make Him the most famous or the richest carpenter in the land. That’s not what He’s known for.
God wants to partner with us not because of who we are, but because of Whose we are. And regardless of whether we are polished up or not, He loves us.
You may say, No, I can’t be used. You don’t know how bad my past is or what my circumstances are, but Jesus says, it doesn’t matter, you’re the one.
God is for you!
Your past does not disqualify you. Blessings come from God not because you are spiritually poor, but because God sees you and wants to bless you.
“The obviously well-kept secret of the ordinary is it’s a receptacle of the divine, the place where God flows through.” (Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy)
Blessed are you who open your heart to God and you will find true happiness. (<====Tweet That)
We are all ordinary, but with God we can live extraordinary lives, doing more, being more than we ever thought possible. Daring to live out our God-sized Dreams.
If today you are feeling like somebody God can’t use. You are wrong.
Look to the past to help make the present clearer. God of yesterday is the same today.
You are extraordinary. How will you live that out today?
Shared by: Alecia Simersky