Are you one of those ‘uncommon people?’ 🙂 Who are they, and how do you know if you are one? What does it mean to be uncommon?
If you haven’t already noticed, I rely heavily on two books: the Bible and the dictionary! Uncommon is defined as: not ordinarily encountered – unusual. It can also mean remarkable or exceptional.
Uncommon people, therefore, are those who are not ordinarily encountered – someone who stands out in a crowd. Well, we see enough of those, but do I really want to be one of them? My “Uncommon Crowd’ are not unusual because of a shockingly colorful outfits or a wild hairdo! What makes you fall into my category is that you are a Christian who lives what he or she believes. Unfortunately, you are uncommon because so many believers hide their faith for one reason or another. Why would anyone hide their faith? Peer pressure, weak faith, consuming thoughts about anything but Christ would name just a few.
How can we get beyond our faulty reasoning that presses us into a normal category and be transformed into the uncommon, remarkable, or exceptional?
First, realize that we do not create the uncommon in us, but Jesus Christ does! We are uncommon because He is uncommon, and He lives in us.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Cor. 10:4,5)
It’s like learning a foreign language. At first, all we hear is gibberish, but as we learn the language, the words become sentences, and then the sentences actually form thoughts and conversations that make sense. As I yield my thoughts: my “language” over to God, His “language” is heard coming from my mouth; His thoughts translate into my thoughts, and I shine for Him. I say comments that He would say if He was standing in line at the store instead of me. I speak His words instead of my words or my silence when someone uses His name in vain. I am uncommon because I am no longer just me, I am living in Christ stead: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27)
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7)