Our culture is obsessed with assigning value to people based on the most superficial things. All of us – our children included – are caught in a death spiral of comparison: our looks, our talents, our follower counts and post likes. In a world that glorifies the extraordinary, many of us can feel awfully ordinary.
But the Bible is clear about where our value comes from. We are dearly loved children of God. And he doesn’t value the same things everyone else values. “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart,” God told Samuel right before he anointed David.
God doesn’t care about who is following us. He wants us to follow him.
And when God was sending his Son into the world, he was true to his word. He chose an ordinary peasant girl to be Jesus’ mother, and a simple carpenter to be his earthly father. For the birthplace of the Savior, God chose the same ordinary town where Samuel anointed David centuries before. And the first to hear the news? A group of lowly shepherds on the outskirts of society.
God loves to use ordinary people to accomplish his extraordinary plan. All he needs is a heart that is ready to say “yes” to him. That’s just the right kind of ordinary.
DEC 3: Isaiah the Prophet (Isaiah 6:1-8, 9:2-7)
DEC 10: Mary and Joseph (Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-7)
DEC 17: The Journey of the Magi (John 1:1-5)
DEC 24: The Christmas Story
DEC 31: The Reason for Christmas (Luke 1-2, Philippians 2:5-11
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