Ordinary People

Amy Clemens

Read: 1 Corinthians 1:25-31

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. (v. 26 NIV)

One of my greatest spiritual comforts comes from the fact that our highest holy book doesn’t just contain stories of high, holy people, golden-boy examples, or gods and goddesses we are meant to kowtow to in fear. The Bible is one of the most real books I’ve ever read, filled with stories of ordinary men and women whom God befriends to tell his extraordinary story.

Consider Mary, a poor teen in a culture that devalues women. She says yes to God’s plan, becoming even more vulnerable, yet changing the course of history. Or Peter, a lowly fisherman without religious education or wealth, who grows into leading the early church. Even Abraham, the father of the faith, stumbles toward his calling; he lies about his wife to avoid trouble and makes a mess when he fathers a son by her maid.

We humans are a mixed bag, but God is still inviting ordinary people to take part in the greatest narrative this world will ever know: real life and untainted love that starts when we say yes to God, and goes on and on. We don’t earn it, don’t deserve it, and couldn’t pay for it—so we can’t boast about it. We can only ever humbly tell another hungry soul where we found bread. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, consider the relief and freedom of not needing to be perfect or famous or rich to be part of God’s great story.