There Is No ORDINARY In The Kingdom

THERE IS NO ORDINARY IN THE KINGDOM

The book of Esther is one of my favorite stories.  The theme is woven throughout the bible, of God taking the ordinary and transforming it into the extraordinary.  I firmly believe that the word “ordinary” does not exist in God’s vocabulary and therefore does not exist in mine.  In other words, there is no such thing as an ordinary Christian, ordinary Follower of Jesus Christ, or ordinary Believer.  These are oxymorons, two contradictions in the same phrase, as the word ‘ordinary,’ cannot be associated with Christ in any way, shape, form, fashion, creed or context.

Esther’s story perfectly illustrates this theme.  It’s actually a contrasting picture of two Queens.  Although the story sounds like a fairytale, it isn’t.  It’s history. There really was a King of Persia named Ahasuerus (ancestor of King Darius and King Cyrus) who had a queen named Vashti, then later married a Jewish woman named Esther.  Their story is fascinating and speaks loudly to us today.  It drips a honey path for those desiring to step out of the ordinary into the extraordinary, through a deep, personal and intimate relationship with their King, Jesus Christ.

Queen Vashti is a picture of the ordinary (without Christ) while Esther, an orphan Jew, living in Persia, embodies the extraordinary.  Below are just a few contrasting behaviors that set them apart, and establishes Esther as God’s vessel to change the course of history and save a nation:

Queen Vashti – OrdinaryQueen Esther – The Extraordinary
ProudHumble
Self-WilledGod Willed
Self-SeekingGod Seeking
AmbitiousPurpose Driven
Controlled by fleshly needsSurrendered to God
ControllingSelf-Sacrificing
UnforgivingForgiving
IndignantNot easily offended
Superior AttitudeExhibited humility
Concerned about selfConcerned about others even at the peril of self
Self-SecurityGod security
ImpetuousPatient
ReactivePrayerfully Responsive
IndependentGod Dependent
ComplicatedTransparent
StormyPeaceful
TakerGiver
Self-SufficientValued Partnership with others
Hidden AgendaSincere
Focused on outer beautyDriven by inner beauty
Quick to speakReady to listen
Quick to judge according to her standardsWise and patient to assess situation before acting
Lives for todayLives for God’s purposes
Not concerned about consequences impacting othersIntentionally focused on consequences
Concerned about reputationConcerned about fulfilling God’s purposes regardless of reputation, position or personal consequences
OrneryQuiet, gentle
Cold and CalculatingCompassionate and warm
Tears down othersBuilds and encourages
ContemptuousRespectful
Seeks AttentionFocuses on others
HaughtySubmitted to God
Self-LoveGod Love
ReligiousRelational

 

In essence, the ordinary today are all the characteristics that this world values.  The extraordinary are the virtues that God values.  We choose.  We either choose to be ordinary following the parade of this world values or we choose to be extraordinary, as a vessel of honor, as one betrothed, and set apart to the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.