One of our daily routines during the school year is homework. I know, I know… no one likes homework. Done well, it’s an important part of the learning process as kids interact with content on their own and master the concepts. It also provides valuable feedback to the teachers. Of course, kids rarely love it.
This week during homework time, my youngest was over-the-top excited to show me all her homework. She’s in Kindergarten and we usually receive completed work back in bulk. She got her folder out and produced probably 30 pieces of paper to review with me. She was eager to show me her work and was sure to point out all the plusses she got. But one piece had a double-plus—her very best work. Some might call it extraordinary—above and beyond expected.
We often miss the extraordinary work of God, or worse yet we turn the extraordinary into mundane. Consider God’s plan for salvation. His people had many preconceived notions for what God would do, but no one expected this:
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24
God has done something extraordinary. Through death, He brought life. Jesus is speaking here about His rapidly approaching destiny: suffering and death on a cross—but also life eternal on the other side. Without the death, the fruit wouldn’t come.
What if God could do something extraordinary in and through you? What if He already has? In Christ Jesus, He has crucified your sinful self and made you alive in His Son. Extraordinary! Now He is inviting you to join Him in this extraordinary work. Maybe you don’t feel up to the task. Maybe you’re worried you’ll get in the way. But maybe God is bigger than your maybes. He has already done the extraordinary within you, working life from death. I wonder what He will do next? I can’t wait to find out.