I have read every book that Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy has written. He has a theme in most of his books and that theme is to encourage folks to be uncommon. When he was a member of the University of Minnesota’s football team he heard his college coach say that he was looking for uncommon people.
That statement changed Tony’s outlook on life. When you look up the word uncommon in the dictionary it is defined as exceptional, extraordinary, outstanding or remarkable. This should be the norm for us as believers.
Vance Havner once said, “The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.” I believe that he is right, but that is why I love Watchman Nee’s book entitled “The Normal Christian Life.” The abundant, abiding, yielded life should be the normal Christian life. What should be common for believers will appear uncommon to the world.
We enter and we enjoy uncommon living in the same way and that way is Jesus! Jesus is not a GOOD way to heaven nor is He the BEST way to heaven. King Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven.
Listen to what Jesus says in John 10.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus is the TRUE shepherd, the TENDER shepherd and the TRIUMPHANT shepherd. Adrian Rogers often stated, “Jesus doesn’t show us the way to heaven, He is the way to heaven.”
Too many are O.K. with the status quo, the safe and the routine. They live on the corner of “Mediocre Avenue” and “Mundane Lane.” But as believers we are promised abundant life. We do not have to just survive we can thrive!
Notice Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” We enter and we enjoy uncommon living only through Jesus!
The first minute or so we had microphone issues. Just fast forward a bit.
You can hear my message on “Uncommon Living” here: http://whiteoakbaptist.org/audio_sermons/uncommon-2/