May 25, 2018

Don't Call This Common

“What God has cleansed you must not call common…” (Acts 10:15)


While Simon Peter was on a rooftop waiting for a meal, God spoke to him through a vision. In the vision, Peter saw all kinds of animals and was instructed to kill them and eat them. But Peter was a devout Jew and had obeyed the Jewish dietary laws his entire life. He told God that he would never eat anything common. 


God was in the process of changing things. God let Peter know that when He cleansed something, it was anything but common. When God cleanses, it’s a big deal. It’s something to be remembered forever.


God was talking about much more than just cleansing food and loosening dietary restrictions—He was talking about extending salvation beyond the Jewish people and making it available to everyone. And salvation is certainly not common. It’s a miracle.


We shouldn’t ever treat the gospel as something common. The life you’re living may not be perfect, but if you’re saved, you’re living an uncommon, extraordinary life. Don’t ever forget it.


Think about the story of Noah and the ark. The greatest part of that story isn’t the building of the huge boat; it’s the presence of the passengers on board. Somewhere in a deep, dark jungle two lions, two giraffes, and two monkeys started moving toward that ark. Two of every animal made it on board, even down to two mosquitos. 


Remember there was only one way to survive the flood. Only one place where they would be rescued. Only one place of refuge and safety. The Lord led those animals out of their natural habitat into the place of salvation. It was a miracle.


The same God that led those animals to the ark led us out of our bondage, our darkness, our sin, and our past. It’s a miracle that we have been forgiven. It’s a miracle that we have been saved. Don’t let it become common. Don’t take it for granted. 


If God restored your marriage, don’t forget what He did for you. If God healed you from a serious illness, don’t consider it common. If God provided for you during financial difficulty, don’t ever get over it. 


You’ve been delivered. You’ve been blessed. You’re living an uncommon life. Don’t lose the wonder of it.


Lucifer was expelled from heaven because it became common to him.


Adam and Eve walked with God every day, but they took it as a common thing and got kicked out of Eden.


One key to making it to Heaven is this: Get saved and never get over it. Don’t lose the wonder of it. Don’t lose the fire you had when you first got saved. Never lose sight of how uncommon and miraculous your life actually is. Never get over being amazed at God’s love and faithfulness in your life.


“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead…”(Rom. 6:13).


God wants us to give ourselves to Him just as if we had been raised from the dead. Imagine if you fell down dead, and God’s people prayed and you came back to life. How would you worship if you had been raised from the dead?


The truth is, while we were living in bondage to sin, we were dead men and dead women walking. We were as dead as could be. But God’s mercy and the blood of Jesus Christ raised us from the dead. God delivered us. He brought life out of death. Friend, that’s not common. It’s supernatural and incredible. It calls for our highest praise and our lifelong remembrance.


“I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?  You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples” (Ps. 77:12-14).


It’s amazing that God displays His power in our lives. He performs miracles in our lives. God cleansed us. God saved us. He delivered us. We’re on our way to heaven. What God has done in our lives certainly isn’t common. 


We serve an amazing God. He deserves our highest praise. The more we praise Him and thank Him for what He has done, the more His blessing will be released into our lives. And when those blessings come, don’t ever call them common.