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    Called to be Extraordinary

    August 5, 2019

    In my last blog entry, I talked about how the “ordinary” things we do each day are sacred to God when done in loving obedience to Him. Our daily habits form the structure and foundation of our relationships with one another and with Jesus. Our “routines” are designed to give us strength and roots that provide a solid anchor for our lives.


    Sacred “ordinary” eventually calls us to “extraordinary.” When is the last time we did something extraordinary? I’m not talking about going to save souls in a far off land or writing a bestseller (although those are good things!), I am talking about going above and beyond the basic. In the same way that God calls sacred those things that we call ordinary, things that we call extraordinary God calls ordinary. In the Bible, He makes clear that He expects us to do good to those who persecute us, to give expecting nothing in return, and to be last and not first. When I am charge nurse in my workplace, one of my responsibilities is to assign supper breaks to the staff. God has taught me to put others first and take my break last. Sometimes I will give a note of appreciation or buy them all pizza. It’s amazing how easy team building is when we are willing to go above and beyond. I’m no expert at this but I’m learning.


    God calls us to “stepping out of the boat” times where we become “extraordinary” in His name. We reach out to someone who has hurt us, we forgive, think the best of others, do something unexpected and extravagant like be the first to apologize in a strained relationship. Maybe take the time to tell the pastor his message was a blessing or thank all the people who do set up, coffee, Sunday School, PowerPoint, sound system, greeting, accounting, play music, lead worship, etc.


    To love Jesus is to embrace all of His truth. We can’t just ignore the parts of the Bible we are not comfortable with. Things like submit to one another in the fear of God, lay hands on the sick, husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church, pray without ceasing (even out loud at church) may not always be comfortable, but they are part of the extraordinary life we are called to in Christ.


    Let’s live extraordinary lives of love and generosity! How else will anyone know that Jesus is real and alive in us?

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