Just Average Kendall Lankford
April 17, 2018
Today I met a very normal Christian.
Nothing spectacular or impressive about this man. Just an average follower of Christ doing what an average Christian does. But that is what made this man so utterly exceptional.
As I looked up from my laptop at a local coffee shop, I noticed Tim a couple of chairs beyond me reading his Bible. Curiosity and excitement got the best of me, so I walked over to see what he was reading. Now, if I am honest, I have had enough conversations with enough random people holding Bibles to not really know how this might go. But, I decided to press on anyway. What's the worst that could happen, right?
As I walked over, Tim beamed with delight, especially when I asked what He was reading in His Bible. With one large breath, he delightfully jumped in and began telling me all about what He was learning in the book of Timothy... And beyond! There was not an ounce of awkwardness or apprehension in this man.
He simply knew who he loved and there was no stopping him from sharing about it.
While I was standing there, Tim shared story after story of all the things God had been doing in His life. Stories of his salvation 10 years prior. Stories of how he has had the opportunity of sharing Jesus with many people who come in this coffee shop before work. Story after story I was so blown away!
In fact, the only time he took a break from sharing his radiating love of Christ was to say hello to all the people he knew that were walking in that morning. Most of them did not yet know God, but they knew Tim, and Tim treated them like family.
Every fiber in me wanted to look at Tim as a rock star; a super Christian; a spiritual heavy weight; someone who was radically living out his faith for all to see.
But then the Lord reminded me that this kind of faith is not radical; this is normal. This is what Biblical Christianity looks like.
For instance, Jesus once said:
let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
Paul said something similar:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.– Romans 1:16
Tim was unashamed.
He is a bright light shining in this dark world. But Tim is also just an average Christian doing what an average Christian is supposed to do. He is not trying to be radical. He is not leaving his job as an electrician to go into full-time ministry or packing his bags to move somewhere as a missionary. He simply shows up, opens his Bible, and lets the Lord open whatever doors He wants to open on that day. His life is his mission field.
This taught me that we should not desire to be radical and we should not be afraid of being average. If Tim is just an average Christian,
I want to be average too!