Ordinary Men… Extraordinary Things

Posted: 2011 09 25 by Paul S in Biblical manhood

Scripture is largely about ordinary men… doing extraordinary things and in extraordinary circumstances. When I look at the Word, I see a collection of the lives of men who are only different than you or me because of their circumstances and their level of faith. (I’m not forgetting the many women, I’m just focusing on the men.) What is it that makes these men appear great in or eyes? Why do we hold them up as paragons of the faith, especially when their failures have been put on display for all of us to read? Two examples that pop into my mind are Peter and David. Here are two men who are some of the most celebrated leaders in the Church, yet they didn’t always do things right.

Peter was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles. These 12 men were chosen for specific abilities and their relationship with Jesus. Peter was a fisherman. He didn’t have noted people skills. We was a bit of an impetuous hot head. We see this throughout the Gospels. Peter was always first on board for anything. When Jesus was walking on water, it was Peter who stepped out of the boat to walk to him. Here is a place we see him as an ordinary man.. When he lfears and doubts, he begins to sink, but when he trusts fully in Jesus, he walks without problem. Matthew 14:28-32 tells us this story. In Matthew 26:34 we see Peter told of his denial of Christ. Yet in Acts 2:14 we see Peter take up the mantle of leadership of Christ’s Church.

David is described in Acts 13:22, “I have found David  the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart,who will accomplish everything I want him to do.” Throughout 1 and 2 Samuel, we read about David’s journey to the throne and his time as king. We also read of his failure. In 2 Samuel 11, David commits adultery and kills Uriah by placing him in the line of fire. Even with these failures, David is recognized as the foremost king of Israel. Jesus was born of David’s line. Even today, David is revered and respected. David’s son, Solomon, is known to have been the one of wealthiest rulers of all time, with legends such as King Solomon’s Mines being told about him, and stories of the temple he built being made of solid gold. Even with these successes, David was just an ordinary man.

These ordinary men did extraordinary things that changed the world as we know it. David brought the Kingdom of Israel to greater power and prominence. Peter started the Church as we know it. Both of these men failed to live as God guided when they acted of their own accord. It was through God that they accomplished extraordinary things. Can you imagine the extraordinary things that God could do in your life? I’m still being amazed by the things he is doing in mine.

Until the Whole World Knows,


  1. Kevin says:

    There is so much that can be accom0plished when we walk in the calling God gives us. If we walk as the men God created us to be. Thanks.

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