Just an Ordinary Person!

9th August, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

“She’s just an ordinary person.” That what the speaker said this morning during the worship service. He was talking about his sister, a linquist (or in other words, a missionary)¬†working in China. The speaker showed some slides of his sister as a teenager, and emphasized the point that his sister was ordinary, just like all of us sitting there in the pews, but as a woman in her thirties she made the decision to serve the Lord fulltime in a foreign county.

All through the Old Testament, we read how God used ordianary people to serve Him. Moses, David, and Amos were sheperds. Two of them became prophets and one became a king. Gideon was threshing wheat, and Daniel was a teenage boy captured by the Babylonians when God picked them to do a special task for Him.  God chooses ordinary people, equips with with everything they need, and then promises His presence to go with them.

1 Corinthians 1 says that not many wise, influential, or mighty people by human standards are called by God, and, I guess that’s good news, because there are so many of us ordinary people in the world.

Hearing this morning about Linda, the ordinary woman who serves God in one of the most difficult countries in the world, encouraged me that God has a purpose and task for me as well because, certainly, I am just an ordinary person.



October 31st, 2009 at 7:49 am    

Thank you for the inspiration!
Ordinary people *are* called by GOD to do the extrodinary.

Sometimes it is a hard path that we must walk to humble ourselves in preparation to be nearer to GOD.

My dd and I are really enjoying “God’s Great Covenant” OT 1. Thank you. :-)



Claire Larsen

November 5th, 2009 at 4:25 am    


I’m glad you and your dad are enjoying the GGC books. I certainly enjoyed writing them, and wow! am I learning more than I ever realized. GGC-New Testament 1 has been even more fun that the previous two books, because writing about Jesus’ life is an awesome undertaking.

I’m glad God calls ordinary people to serve Him. I’m just an ordinary mom whose sons are grown and who has time to do what she has always longed to do — write a book. And, what better book could God give me to write than the story He has already given us in the Bible.

You are also correct that doing extraordinary things for God is a hard path. In the last three years the Lord has led me down some rough paths. Writing about God’s covenant love and faithfulness has helped me to keep my eyes on Jesus. Whatever hard paths you have, always remember that Jesus is with you, too, and has extraordinary things for you to do because whatever God calls us to do is extraordinary when we are following Jesus.


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