Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
If I were to call you “ordinary,” would you take that as a compliment?
My guess is, probably not! Ordinary is plain; basic; predictable. Maybe ordinary is good for a set of tires or a pair of socks, but when it comes to you and me, we should strive to be extraordinary! Specifically this applies to those of us who follow Jesus, because walking with Him is never supposed to be ordinary. Most of the time, it’s outside of the box, unusual, and yes, extraordinary. This week we started a new series that’s all about being “Out of the Ordinary” focusing today on extraordinary compassion.
A compassion that’s out of the ordinary is always going to compel you to do something – something extra. And that’s exactly what we read about today in Acts 3. Peter and John were going up to the temple in Jerusalem to pray when they walked past a disabled beggar who asked them for money. This is a situation that wouldn’t have been uncommon then, and certainly isn’t uncommon now. It’s probably happened to you! But normally when you or I would either walk right past or perhaps pitch in a little money, Peter did something much different. He told the beggar, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” And the man immediately leapt to his feet, jumping up and down, praising God!
Why did it go this way? Because Peter and John were tuned into God, they saw beyond the obvious need, and decided to do something “extra.” They saw the spiritual dimension through a physical need. And we should be doing the same! Maybe we won’t start by healing the paralyzed, but we can start by simply saying, “God, include me in what you’re doing today.” It all starts with awareness, so asking God to help us to perceive where He wants our attention is the first step. The second step is simply action. It’s one thing to know a problem, but compassion isn’t extraordinary unless it’s acted upon, and done so in an above average way.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
2 Corinthians 5:19-20; Acts 1:8; 3:1-10
Only Like You – Central Music
Wide as the Sky – Matt Redman
Mighty to Save – Ben Fielding