If you are a person who is a not a genius, have no spectacular gifts, and really no overall special abilities. If mediocrity seems to be where you hang out most of the time, and your day’s do not seem to be especially noteworthy. I have news for you; in spite of this you have the ability to live a great life. There was a man in the Bible named John the Baptist. The Bible’s description of John is stark and brief. He was arrayed in camel’s hair garments, secured by a leather belt, and his meals were of locust and wild honey. Through God's direction, John the Baptist challenged the people to prepare for the coming of the Messiah by turning away from sin, as a symbol of repentance. Although he held no power or influence in the Jewish political system, he delivered his message with the force of authority. People could not resist the overpowering truth of his words. And even as he attracted the attention of the crowds, he never lost sight of his mission—to point people to Christ.
The Bible never mentions that John the Baptist performed any type of miracles, or gave any signs from God. He was not flashy, he held no political status, he lived in the wilderness, but yet these are the words Jesus spoke about him. “24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you. 28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (Luke)
John the Baptist is a great example for us. He was a simple man, who had a passion for the Good News. I am convinced it will be those simple people who took the gospel to third world countries, those in a grueling job who shared the gospel everyday, those who made horrible mistakes but teach the Word in prison, those who never compromised on moral standings against pressure, and those who supported and loved the homeless, who will indeed be the first in the Kingdom of God. They will have been average people who carried out the Great Commission everyday of their life, which means they have fulfilled God’s plan for their life. If you feel average today, allow me to share how much God loves you. He has planted you in the very field he wants you to either sow, or reap. Be willing to be the voice that is heard and not seen, knowing it is those everyday, insignificant tasks we think are mundane, that can bring Glory to God. So many times we do not see the potential that God sees. I ask you today to not see life in its mediocrity, but see it as a chance to shine in the place God has placed you.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew 28:18-20