Just a quick note before starting here. For those aware that I am in Turkey, I was nowhere near the the bombing that took place in Ankara. I was off this weekend because I was sick, not because of current events. That said, this country is incredibly divided with a second attempt at electing a new government right around the corner. Please pray for the victims who died at a bombing that took place at a peace rally in Turkey’s capital. Pray also that the transition of power happens and that it happens smoothly. If not… this place is a time bomb.
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
Relate: I love Frodo. He is just this ordinary guy, er, Hobbit. His only real claim to fame is that he is the nephew of that crazy uncle who just won’t die. Suddenly, he is thrust into an adventure of heroic proportions. He is given an epic calling where the fate of the world is now resting on his shoulders. But still Frodo is just this ordinary guy. He doesn’t suddenly get superpowers. He doesn’t turn into this world renowned fighter. He still struggles and doubts and questions just like anybody else. He gets hungry and cold and tired just like the rest of us. He faces temptations and struggles that we can all empathize with. But what Frodo doesn’t do… is quit.
He doesn’t believe he is worthy of the calling he faces. But if not him, then who? He doesn’t think he is up to the challenges ahead. But he will give it his best try anyways. And the world is saved by an ordinary Hobbit willing to live an extraordinary life.
React: As a Christian, I am one of God’s chosen ones. But that isn’t to my credit. He didn’t chose me just to bless me, but rather that through me that He might bless the world. Am I living a life worthy of God’s calling? God didn’t chose me because I am brilliant. He didn’t chose me because of my incredible good looks. (Those are just a bonus) I am not the fastest, or the strongest or the wisest. You could accurately say that from most people’s perspective, I am pretty ordinary. Still God has chosen me. He has called me out. Am I living a life worthy of that calling? Are you? Or are we still kicking back at the Shire hoping someone else will save the world while everything falls apart around us?
God, give me the courage to live an extraordinary life. As a Christian, I am called out for a higher purpose. Give me the courage to live up to what You have called me and equipped me and enabled me and empowered me to be. Help me to understand that living an ordinary life is dishonoring to You. For Your glory, help me to do extraordinary things.