SERIES: GREATER THINGS By Pastor Philippi
Part 2: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE TAX OFFICE
Extraordinary Things Happen to Ordinary People!(Luke 1:26-35; 1:5-25; 2:8-20 Matthew 2:1-12; 1:18-24)
Mary is favored, chosen, and overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. What did Mary do to deserve this? She is 16 years old. She has done no great things. She is an average 16 year old girl probably about to get her ox cart license, thinking of settling down and having a family. She is just average. There is no reason to call her favored and highly honored because she hasn’t done anything in life to deserve that. God favors us and blesses us, not based on things we have done, but He does that because He knows what we can become.
This is why Mary is so blown away. We must get rid of that lie of hell that says I have got to prove something or do something, or pray two hours a day. All we need to do is love Jesus. He loves us! No matter how common we may seem to be to our selves, He has named us, He has our number.
Zacharias is just an average priest. There were so many that each one took a number to serve. He is just an average Joe, just a priest. It was his turn. Sometimes it’s just your turn. He was going through the motions, doing what God had designated him to do.
You have Zacharias on the one end, old, not a likely candidate; Mary on the other end, young and not likely. God is working miracles all over the place. We concentrate on the miracles and think what an awesome person they must be, but they are just average.
They had doubts and fears and the angel told Mary, “It’s going to be okay.” Zachariah doubted the angel and Gabriel got indignant. Gabriel said with an attitude, “I’m Gabriel, I stand in the presence of God! I was there when God said it, don’t question me!” If you heard it in the throne room you need to believe it in the bedroom. God will choose whoever He wants to do whatever He wants. He does it so everyone says, “Now that was God.” You don’t need self confidence, you need God confidence. He will make you what He said you will be.
Until he confessed that his sons name would be John his mouth was closed. I’ve wondered if I could pray that blessing on some of us. Too many of us curse our own blessings. I’m too old, too poor, uneducated, this or that.” When his voice agreed with God he got his voice back. If you want a voice in ministry you have to agree with what God has spoken over you.
The shepherds out in the field were the lowest in society. They were like guys who work McDonalds now, entry level jobs. It was the lowest members of the family that had to sit out in the field all night. God said, “Who should we announce it to? Let’s choose the shepherds, of Bethlehem not Herod.” That was where the flocks were kept that would be used for the sacrifice..
Then you have the astronomers in the east. They saw a moving comet and followed it. Just ordinary people; Joseph, a carpenter, nothing special about him. What’s even more amazing was when Jesus himself was baptized this voice said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” He was 30 years old and had done nothing up until then. He was building bookshelves and chairs right up until 30 years old. Yet that voice came out of heaven at that point. God is not pleased because of all of the great things you have done, He is pleased because you are his daughter, you are His son.
Extraordinary Events Happen During Normal Times
Every so many years an order would be given to go back to your ancestral home to get numbered for taxes. It is just normal life. They are going to Bethlehem. They find no room at the Holiday Inn and instead had to find a bed and breakfast for animals. They must have questioned what it was all about. The king is born almost abnormally in a stable. Great things are happening in these normal times. Don’t get so caught up in your normal life that you miss the miraculous. It is beyond smelling the flowers, but recognizing God even in the most mundane things. Extraordinary things can happen during most normal times.
Extraordinary Responses Came from Ordinary People
Greater things are coming this year; we are going to see greater things. I’m talking about greater things in you. They will happen to normal people at normal times. Quit judging your life by how normal it is. Begin to understand God can break in to the youngest, the oldest, on a donkey or whatever you’re driving. Great things can happen at a stop sign, Walmart or right there in your home. We all qualify for greater things in 2015.
Being His Son, His Daughter Qualifies You
Let me close with something the Lord gave me. I was thinking about what it takes to get to heaven, getting in the Father’s house, how do you get in His presence? The Lord said, “If a fairly famous person knocked on your door, but you didn’t know who it is, would you automatically let him in?” If you do let a stranger in it is just for a few moments and then their out. But if one of my kids came to my door they don’t even have to knock, they have a key and they can come and go, sit in my chair, go to the refrigerator. How do you get in? It’s not about what you’ve done. You could do all kinds of good works, but if you’re knocking on my door and I don’t’ know you you’re not getting in. You could do miracles, signs and wonders, but Jesus could say, “I never knew you.” It’s not about how many times you’ve been to church, that is not what gets you in. You could do all of that stuff and still be a stranger. “I’m not looking for good works, I’m looking for sons and I’m looking for daughters.” That gets you in!
My son can mess up, my daughter can fail and others may shake their heads at my children. Maybe you wouldn’t let my kids in your house because of what they’ve done, but I will because they’re my kids. God will let them in even after they mess up because they are His kids. Just realize you are a child of the king. All of the past, all of the junk, you are just a normal person living in a normal life style. You are about to see greater things, a breakthrough of enormous portion because He is all of that. He is your Daddy.