The Extraordinary to His Glory
By Thomas Fox
Christianity was never meant to be boring or ordinary. In contrast to the word ordinary is the word extraordinary. According to the Oxford Dictionary, extraordinary means to be very unusual, remarkable, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, incredible, unbelievable, phenomenal, outstanding, momentous, memorable, unforgettable, unique, noteworthy, out of the ordinary, uncommon, or awesome.
Does this describe your Christian life?
We see in 1 Corinthians 3:3 the Apostle Paul’s rebuke for Christians acting as “mere” or “ordinary” men. God always intended for His people to function at a supernatural or extraordinary level. There is no question that God is extraordinary. In fact, He is extraordinary to the superlative! Since we are made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26), are we not also to reflect His extraordinary nature?
Throughout the ages we see God searching the earth in order to capture the hearts of ordinary people. Once captured, He then pours His Spirit upon them, imputing His extraordinary nature into them, transforming them into the most amazing human beings. This is God’s intention for all believers. His desire is to see each member of His body function in extraordinary ways.
This transformation is designed by God to bring glory to Himself. His extraordinary deposit into us was designed to be reflected back to Him, resulting in Him receiving glory.
Made to Glorify Him
To get to the essence of our duty as humans upon the earth, we can look to the Holy Scriptures. First Corinthians 10:31 states, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” It is the chief end of man to discover God and glorify Him forever.
Life was never meant to be a wandering journey with no destination. Ancient Greeks described history as an endless cycle of events; perpetually moving but never arriving. This philosophy sees life as aimlessly responding to each circumstance, but having no real purpose and never really getting anywhere.
For the Christian, however, every event of life is moving toward a destination or a purpose. The Greek word telos describes this perfectly. The Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) defined telos as the chief end or the ultimate aim or purpose. Telos refers to the end of a series of acts that brings something to its final aim. Telos is the root of the term teleology. Teleology is the study of being purposeful. Have you ever been asked the question, what is the ultimate purpose (telos) of your life on earth? Scripture clearly reveals that the ultimate purpose of humans is to bring glory to God and enjoy Him forever.
The great musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) had a burning desire to create new music for the church. When Bach played music, he could sense his soul rise in praise to God. Bach once said, “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.”
Bach became an organist in a small German church and later, one of the most famous composers of all time. He directed the choir and wrote worship music, all to glorify God. His prayer was, “Jesus, help me show Your glory through the music I write. May it bring You joy even as it brings joy to Your people.”
Whenever he completed his music, he wrote the letters SDG at the bottom of the page. SDG stood for “Soli Deo Gloria” meaning, for the glory of God alone. Bach’s prayer was that when his music was played, it would point God’s people to experience the splendor of His glory.
The truth discovered by Bach is still true for us today. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”