Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Extraordinary Life

“… because of the extraordinary grace God has shown you.” (2Co 9:14, NIV)

King David wrote, “The entrance of Your words give light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130). I like the way Eugene Peterson puts this in The Message, “Every word You give me is a miracle word-- how could I help but obey? Break open Your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning.”

Elsewhere the Bible says, “This man, Daniel, distinguished himself among the other officials and rulers because there was an extraordinary spirit in him” (Daniel 6:3).

God is in the business of making ordinary people into extraordinary individuals. He does it through the transforming power of His Word, and by the extraordinary grace He gives to each one of us. This is what He wants to do with you.

“Follow Me,” Jesus said to Simon Peter, “and I will make you a fisher of men.” Peter did so and stepped into history. We may do the same today. While you may not regard yourself as an extraordinary individual, you can nevertheless witness many extraordinary things in your life as you seek to faithfully follow Jesus, our extraordinary Savior.

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul” (Acts 19:11), whose to say He can’t do the same through you?

And, besides, why not wait until it’s all said and done before you sell yourself short. You may very well be much more extraordinary than you think…because of the extraordinary grace God has shown you.

Extraordinary, isn't it?

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