Daily Reflections

Are You Willing to Be Average?

May 16, 2023 Kelly Needham

Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” —Romans 9:20

God never asks us to do something great for Him. What He asks is obedience. Ironically, it can often be the desire to do great things for God that keeps us from obeying Him.

We’d like to have some say in how we are used by God, but frankly that’s none of our business. Whether our obedience to God uses all our talents or none of them, produces “big” results or “little” ones, is not up to us. In fact, there’s no such big/little distinction in the kingdom of God. There is just obedience or disobedience. God alone holds the right to determine what His plans are for us.

My willingness to be average is a common subject of my private prayer life. I’ve concluded that if I’m not willing to be average for God, to do the ordinary and unimpressive for Him, it reveals I only love Him so much as He makes much of me. My misplaced desires for greatness are rooted in a misplaced joy in myself.

Make it Personal

Pray that God would make you willing to obey Him in whatever He calls you to do, whether it’s big or ordinary.