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Extraordinary Acts By Ordinary People

A homeowner, desiring to increase her curb appeal, planted a pink dogwood tree near the road of her house. The tree grew slowly, and occasionally, in the spring, it would display a few showy blooms; in some years, however, there were no blooms at all. The tree outlived the owner, so she never had the opportunity to see the dogwood in all its glory. Now, a beautiful standout surrounded by overgrown vegetation, passersby could never imagine the tree was intentionally planted for the perfect spring season.

So it is with the lineage of Jesus Christ. Unknowingly, His ancestors planted the seed for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Over the generations, there were seasons of prosperity and seasons of despair. Perez, the son of Tamar and Judah, was conceived as a result of deception (Genesis 38). Boaz, the son of Rahab and Salmon, was born of a former prostitute (Joshua 2). Obed, the son of Ruth and Boaz, was born to selfless, loving parents (Ruth 4). Obed was the grandfather of David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) but also an adulterer and a murderer (2 Samuel 11). Twenty-eight generations later, Jesus Christ is born of Mary and Joseph (Matthew 1).

God used ordinary people to create an extraordinary man in His own image -- a man who walked on earth, died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead. God has not changed (Malachi 3:6). He is still using ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts so that others may know that Jesus Christ still lives. We may not witness the fruits of our labor during our lifetime, but we can rest assured that if it was a labor of God, then it will flourish in exactly the perfect season.


  • In what areas of your life have you allowed yourself to be limited by your lineage rather than expanded by your faith?
  • In what ways could you model faith for the young people in your family?
  • How is God using you? How do you remain obedient during times when you cannot see the fruits of your labor?

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