We are called to be extra-ordinary.
For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. Philippians 2:13
In The Last Day's Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, "Were any great men born in this village?" The old man replied, "Nope, only babies." A frothy question brought a profound answer.
There are no instant heroes... whether in this world or in the kingdom of God. Growth takes time, and as 1Timothy 3:6 and 5:22 point out, even spiritual leadership is a maturing process.
The disciples were extraordinary: ordinary men with something “extra”.
That something extra is actually something common to all believers, it’s part of our spiritual DNA. The apostle Paul (very extraordinary) tells us; "For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose." (Phil. 2:13).
In moving from ordinary to extra-ordinary we must surrender to the work of God with in us and expect great things to happen. This is God “enabling” you. Your desires will match God's desires. Your work will line up with God's work, and greatness will follow for His kingdom and glory. So how does God enable us?
It’s inspiring to talk about being extraordinary, but how do you actual become this kind of person? Philippians 2 answers this questions by demonstrating how Jesus humbled himself and became obedient even unto death. We must humble ourselves before our almighty Father and become obedient to his will, in keeping with Philippians 1:1-16. This is extraordinary.
- Ask God to show you your pride and beg God to make you humble. This is not a five-minute prayer but an everyday discovery.
- Ask God to reveal any area where you have resisted his will.
- Repent and become obedient.
I know this is very difficult to the “flesh”, but that’s why so few people become extraordinary. You can do this. When you do, according to Philippians 2, God will raise you up and bless you with Greatness…His presence. That’s extraordinary!