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God’s eyes are continually searching the earth for those rare individuals of ‘whom the world was not worthy’. Men like Moses and John the Baptist; Luther and Calvin; Whitefield and Wesley; Studd and Moody. Men who live in a different atmosphere than other mortals; men who have annihilated self with the Cross and whose lives are broken alabaster boxes from which fragrances arise to the heavens from the broken pieces of selflessness, self-sacrifice, and self-crucifixion. God is always on the ‘look out’ for such men. ~ E. A . Johnston

 

i believe that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.  but the characteristic or the heartbeat often overlooked in those people is the desire to be poured out, the surrender to Jesus, the laying down their own lives and living wholeheartedly for their Lord.  its not status quo living.  its not blending in.  its not a life of compromise.   its devotion.  love.   response.  if you want to be mightily used by God to change your world or THE world then develop an attitude of surrender.  develop a lifestyle of devotion.   this is i believe what makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary.

its just like olypmic athletes.  the difference between an olympic marathon runner and a runner is that the olympic contender has done the hard yards and disciplined himself or herself to go the distance and to increase in strength and stamina no matter what the cost and the pain.  they are disciplined, dedicated and devoted.  an ordinary runner becomes extraordinary.

likewise – though we are just jars of clay so the excellence and reality of the power of God is seen (2 Corinthians 4:7) – i do think that a surrendered life is a used life.    “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20-22)  ordinary or extraordinary.

 

Paul David Tripp  Until sin is finally eradicated, life for you and me is a battle of kingdoms. Will we live for the kingdom of God or the kingdom of self? Until forever is our home, life for you and me is a battle of treasures. Will we live for treasures on earth or treasures in heaven?

 

today i have a choice.  what kind of life do i want to live?  one for myself and my own soulish gain?  or one for the glory of God?

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