Ordinary? They were.

Peter and John, after witnessing the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit and began preaching to the people. In the next few days they healed a lame man, and began preaching to multitudes.

The Sadducees were greatly distressed at this and decided to arrest the men.
They were brought in front of the Sanhedrin, including the high priest and others of high-priestly descent as well.
They began to question the men and said something like this:

'By what name or with what power have you done this?'

And I love Peter's bold and courageous response:
Acts 4:8-12
"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
   which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”


But do you know what part really caught my eye?

The next line says:

v. 13
"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus."

I, personally, found reading that really encouraging spiritually. It was simply because Peter and John knew Jesus that they could speak so boldly, so courageously, and so confidently.

We can look at the Bible and read about incredible lives and stories of past men and women who knew and lived for Jesus. I mean, there are some pretty amazing stories. (Samson, anyone?)
But when we do this, I think we assume that that was only in the past, and that we could never do anything like those people did. There is some truth to that, in regards to certain events, but overall, I realize it's not really true.

We forget that they were just ordinary people like you and me. The difference is that God began a work in their heart, and they followed His calling, they submitted to Him and obeyed Him. I've struggled with this before, sometimes I wish and long for God to do crazy and amazing things in my life yet I'm not willing to truly let go of my own, weak knowledge of God and let Him reign.

Knowing Jesus and allowing Him to drastically change your life doesn't take being a know-it-all or a highly intellectual person. No, he takes the ordinary, and through His power, He makes something extraordinary. Call that cheesy, or even cliche, but it's so true.

That's what is so amazing about the Gospel and the sovereignty of God.
It's not about us. We are not called to better ourselves and then submit to Jesus.
No, we come just as we are. We come filthy, wretched, broken, weak and hopeless. We come ordinary.
But God is so mighty and glorious, and in His unfathomable goodness decides out of grace to take us as His own and through that, we are used by Him for incredible things!

So, if you're feeling a little useless.
Or a little too ordinary, then consider yourself the perfect (pun not intended) candidate for God.
Give it all up to Him, and see what happens.

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. :)

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