Have you ever thought or said, “What can I do? I’m just an one person.” Or, “I can’t do anything about that, I’m just an ordinary Christian.”
But Paul, Silas, Jason and other ordinary Christians in the early church, according to the Bible, “turned the world upside down.”
Allen Rainey, an ordinary Christian from my state of Indiana, found that solar energy was more affordable than grid electricity on his rural 50 acre Indiana farm. He went on to found SonLight Power, a nonprofit organization which has installed solar power in churches, hospitals and orphanages in Guatamala, Mexico, Haiti, Kenya, Ecuador and other developing countries.
“Go Beyond the Call,” every weekday on the Moody Radio network of stations, highlights an ordinary Christian somewhere in the world who has made a big difference, often with very little money or resources.
Ammon Hennacy (1893-1970) made an insightful observation, athough somewhat controversial perhaps:
“Love without courage and wisdom is sentimentality, as with the ordinary church member.
Courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness, as with the ordinary soldier.
Wisdom without love and courage is cowardice, as with the ordinary intellectual.
But the one who has love, courage, and wisdom moves the world.”
Frequently soldiers are not ordinary, but rather heroic. And so-called intellectuals are often just pseudo-intellectuals.
But the “ordinary Christian” should by God’s grace, and the indwelling and empowering of the Holy Spirit, manifest the love with courage and wisdom that, according to Ammon Hennacy, moves the world.
As was said of the early Christians, it should be said of us, “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also” (Acts 17:6 King James Version).
An ordinary Christian should not ordinarily be ordinary. An ordinary Christian can in God’s strength make a big difference.
“But when they did not find them [Paul and Silas], they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, ‘These who have turned the world upside down have come hither too.’ Jason has harbored them, and these are all acts contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king-Jesus.” Acts 17: 6-7, King James Version of the Bible.