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Thank God for Ordinary Christians

Someone has said, "God must really love ordinary people — He made so many of them." In this day of superstars and specialists, experts and authorities, it is reassuring to know there is one place that the ordinary man/woman will always be loved and needed; IN THE CHURCH!

Although there are some who selfishly wish to fill the church with the rich, the educated, and the successful. The truth is that these are generally not receptive to the gospel. Jesus found that it was the "common people" who "heard Him gladly. " Paul said, "...not many wise, not many mighty, not many noble are called " (I Cor. 1:26).

General Eisenhower once rebuked one of his officers for referring to a soldier as "just a private." He reminded him that the army could function far better without generals than it could without its foot-soldiers. "If this war is won," he said, "it will be won by privates." In the same way, the common, ordinary, one-talent Christians are the very backbone of the church. We have our great evangelists, our super congregations led by dynamic leaders, and our wealthy brethren who are able to finance great works. But, if the work of the Lord is to be done, if the gospel is to be taken to the lost, it will be the "ordinary" Christians who do it. In thinking back over the years I have been a Christian, I can think of some tremendous examples of "ordinary" Christians serving God in extraordinary ways. The work that has been done by these fine brothers and sisters is known by only a few. It has rarely been made known or acknowledged publicly. There names do not appear in bulletins. But their works are precious and priceless, and their reward in heaven is great! There is no shame in having limited talents. But there is shame and sin in not using the talents God has given. Zechariah wrote, "Who hath despised the day of small things?"

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward