Yesterday I wrote about ordinary people.
In preparing to write, I rummaged through my files and found several helpful statements about being ordinary and how God uses us in our humility.
Alas, I wasn’t able to work those quotations into the article. But they are helpful and worth reading. So here are a few things from others who said it better than me:
“God chooses whom He chooses in order that He might receive the glory. He chooses weak instruments so that no one will attribute the power to human instruments rather than to God, who wields the instruments.” [John MacArthur]
“It frequently happens that the value of a thing lies in the fact that someone has possessed it. A very ordinary thing acquires a new value, if it has been possessed by some famous person. In any museum we will find quite ordinary things — clothes, a walking-stick, a pen, pieces of furniture — which are only of value because they were possessed and used by some great person. It is the ownership which gives them worth. It is so with the Christian. The Christian may be a very ordinary person, but he acquires a new value and dignity and greatness because he belongs to God. The greatness of the Christian lies in the fact that he is God’s.” [William Barclay]
“No matter how insignificant he may have been before, a man becomes significant the moment he has had an encounter with the Son of God. When the Lord lays His hand upon a man, that man ceases at once to be ordinary. He immediately becomes extraordinary, and his life takes on cosmic significance.” [A. W. Tozer]
“[God] can use a very small thing if it is committed to him. It has been said, ‘God must delight in using ordinary people with ordinary gifts because he made so many of us!'” [R. Kent Hughes]
“All through history God has chosen and used nobodies, because their unusual dependence on Him made possible the unique display of His power and grace. He chose and used somebodies only when they renounced dependence on their natural abilities and resources.” [Oswald Chambers]
“There are no little people and no big people in the true spiritual sense, but only consecrated and unconsecrated people.…in God’s sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God’s place for us, at each moment. Those who think of themselves as little people in little places, if committed to Christ and living under his Lordship in the whole of life, may, by God’s grace, change the flow of our generation.” [Francis Schaeffer]