Common

Written by cycleguy on February 2nd, 2015

What do these events have in common?

Build an ark when there is no rain

Surround mighty Jericho without carrying a weapon

Challenge an undefeated Goliath

Stand against a “hater” in order to save your people

Pray aloud, even when threatened with a fiery furnace

Give up fishing nets to follow the Messiah

Forgive those who throw stones in order to kill

Proclaim the Gospel to dignitaries, with no shame

Now, what do these men have in common?

Martin Luther, the great German reformer

William Tyndale, the English scholar, translator and printer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the valiant German pastor who resisted Hitler

Martin Luther King, Jr., the crusader for human rights

Billy Graham, the well-loved and well-respected evangelist from North Carolina

There is no doubt we could add to this list. It could run on so long as to never be finished.

Both lists involve ordinary people doing extraordinary things. All had dogged determination. They often stood against their peers. But they also had a solid faith that what they were doing was fulfilling God’s design for them, in that moment, in that time.

We are no different. We have been given a task. God’s design for us. For this moment. For this time. What is yours?

 

18 Comments so far ↓

  1. Tami Grandi says:

    Okay- seriously are you in my head? Or in the head of the pastor at the Cove? Larry could attest that this goes right along with what he spoke on Sunday

  2. the Old Adam says:

    My task is to live out my life in the freedom of Christ. And to try and remember that He is for me and not against me, in all that I do.

  3. Sounds a bit like yesterday’s sermon.

  4. Daniel says:

    Actually, I am not sure what my task is. Sometimes I feel adrift, irrelevant, and forgotten about …

    • cycleguy says:

      Somehow I don’t think your pastor, Rob, will say that. I have this sneaking suspicion he thinks you are pretty important and vital to Next Level. But mostly to God.

  5. Living one day at a time, not looking too far ahead. Discerning, with my man, what He wants for us as a couple.

    And prayer. Alot of it …

  6. Writing to share God’s love and grace with a fallen and hurting world.
    Blessings, Bill!

  7. Kari Scare says:

    These people inspire me to want to do extraordinary things too. My biggest obstacle? Stuck in ordinary thinking.

  8. Betty Draper says:

    God has given me several task…be a good helpmate to my husband. Love others, tell others about Him, but most of all, love Him above all the other. It’s a daily battle to keep this task at the top of the list. I love the fact the ones you named are exactly like us..each had the same choice…love self or love Him.

    Good thinking post brother.

  9. It’s funny to me how God tends to choose the ordinary to do great things rather than the extraordinary. At least, I would say, he chooses people of ordinary ability but extraordinary faith.

  10. floyd says:

    Boy. This is a good reminder that God never walks us around the Valley Of The Shadow Of Death, He marches His chosen smack down the middle of it…