Some years ago one of the young ladies from our church took a job at the local Panera’s Bread Store. While there she sought to live out her faith by her godly life and, when possible, by direct witness with words. One day as she worked she fell into a conversation with one of her fellow workers. She mentioned something about how ‘ordinary’ and ‘plain’ her life was. To this, her unconverted fellow worker replied, “What do you mean? You are the most extraordinary person I have ever met! You are a genuine Christian who actually believes and practices what you say.” How about that?
Have you ever grieved over how ‘ordinary’ you are? Have you ever grieved that your profession is not dynamic enough, that your light is not bright enough? Have you ever wondered if you are truly distinct, set apart, different from those around you?
Let me ask you this: How many people in the world do you know who are poor in spirit? Who mourn over their sins? Who hunger and thirst after righteousness? Five, ten? I think I know the answer—none. That’s right, not one.
How many people do you know who begin their day in the scriptures, in prayer? How many are filled with the Spirit? How many seek to please God in the various activities of the day? Most? All? I think not.
The genuine Christian life, the ‘ordinary’ Christian life, is, in fact, radically different from the life, loves, passions, and pursuits of the people of the world. No wonder then that Jesus was able to say to poor, mournful, hungry, meek, merciful, peacekeeping, and persecuted believers that they were the salt of the earth and the light of the world. I realize that many of you are burdened by the thought that you have to do more and more and more and more. Jesus did not command to be salt or to become light. He said it is what you are, by grace. How could it be otherwise? You have gone from death to life, from darkness to light, from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of His beloved Son! You were blind and now you see, you were lost and are now found. Be what you are, extraordinary saint!Jim Savastio, Pastor Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville