Thick and Ordinary

And He appointed twelve (whom He also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.  Mark 3:14-15

In the 1960’s the Beatles were a world-wide phenomenon.  The most outspoken of the four, John Lennon caused quite a stir, especially in the United States, when he stated in an interview, “Christianity will vanish and shrink…I’m right and will be proved right…We’re more popular than Jesus now.  I don’t know which will go first:  rock and roll or Christianity”.  That alone was an astounding statement.  Then he said, “Jesus is alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.”

John Lennon was, of course, very misguided in his thinking.  Jesus promised that the gates of Hell would not prevail against His church.  John Lennon was woefully wrong to assume that the significance of a quartet of shaggy-haired young British singers was greater than that of the King of creation. However, for all his arrogant claims, he was right about one thing:  the disciples were thick and ordinary.

They were thick-headed.  For as much time as they spent with Jesus, they still struggled to understand all that he taught them.  They were ordinary.  A Galilean fisherman is as about as ordinary a man as has ever existed:  uneducated, uncultured, and unknown.    But having been personally chosen by Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit of God, the disciples turned the world upside-down! 

If God can use thick and ordinary fisherman, can He use you?  Absolutely!  Jesus takes thick and ordinary clay and fashions it into honorable tools for the building of His kingdom, which will last forever.  Today, thank God that He powerfully uses every life surrendered to Him, no matter how ordinary!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!