Plain, Ordinary, and Simple

Max Lucado is among my favorite authors ever.

He describes the birth of Christ:

There is one word that describes the night He came—ordinary.

The sky was ordinary. An occasional gust stirred the leaves and chilled the air.

The sheep were ordinary. Some scrawny. Some with barrel bellies. Some with twig legs. Common animals.

And the shepherds. Peasants they were. Probably wearing all the clothes they owned. Smelling like sheep and looking just as woolly. They were conscientious, willing to spend the night with their flocks. But you won’t find their staffs in a museum nor their writings in a library. No one asked their opinion on social justice or the application of the Torah. They were nameless and simple. An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an “extra” on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed. The sheep would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have slept the night away.

But God dances amidst the common.

The angel came in the night because that is when lights are best seen and that is when they are most needed. God comes into the common for the same reason.

His most powerful tools are the simplest.

God uses you and me in similar fashion. God sent Jesus into this world. He is God’s greatest gift to this world. God calls us to share this gift with the world.

This is a gift by God to be opened. God desires for every person to receive this gift.

The world desperately needs Jesus.

Christmas is a great time to invite friends to come and experience Jesus Christ.

Did you know that 47% of those who don’t go to church will come to church during this season if someone simply asks them to come to church?

Be strong, bold, and inviting. I know this about myself: I’m a pretty common, simple, and ordinary person. In the scheme of the world, we all are.

So let me encourage you to invite people to church during this season. That simple and ordinary invitation very well might change the course of their eternity.

We’ve got so many great options to invite people to attend:

Children’s Theater Production Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Christmas Eve Services: Dec. 23 and 24 at 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Christmas morning at 10:30 a.m.