A Common Miracle is about the way God can take a common, everyday, ordinary person and change their lives by the miraculous work of His grace, through coming to Jesus Christ for salvation. It’s my prayer that God might use this book to encourage you to be saved, and then to be used by Him. It’s what God can do if you will but let Him do it. Will you be “A Common Miracle?”
A Common Miracle is about the way God can take a common, everyday, ordinary person and change his life by the miraculous work of His grace, through coming to Jesus Christ for salvation. Not only is it about a common man being changed, but it is about what God commonly does for anyone who will let Him into their life. And it’s also about what is common to all men, and that is the need to come into a relationship with their Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Men need to be saved from and forgiven of their sins, and this is why God sent Jesus into the world. (John 3:17 )There are really two things that are ultimately important in life, according to God’s word. One has to do with your soul being saved, and the other has to do with what happens to you after you are saved, that is, what you will do with your life.
Jesus said it this way: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) According to Jesus, a man’s soul is the most valuable thing there is in this life. Jesus posed an interesting question to His disciples about the values in life and the things that people will seek after. What good would it be if a person could gain the whole world, but lose his own soul (that is, to leave this life without your sins being forgiven and your soul saved)?
While it’s not possible for the common man to gain more than the average man, the point that Jesus was making remains true: that even if you did gain the whole world — all of its fame, all of its material wealth, all of its pleasure, and so on — but in the end, if you lost your soul, that is, you left this world without the forgiveness that is found only in Jesus Christ, what good would all that you gained be to you? It would have been no good. All the pursuits made in this life would be no good. That’s what Jesus is saying here. You see, God loves you. He sent His Son to die for you, and to give you eternal life through faith in Him. He will save you, if you will turn to Him, and call upon Him to forgive you, asking Him for His mercy. He will save the common, everyday man like you.
The other important thing, according to God’s Word, is what a person does once their soul has been saved. That’s also what A Common Miracle is about. Here’s what Jesus said in Luke 11:2-4 “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God has a will for each and every person, and He has given to each one a measure of faith and gives us the great blessing of serving Him while we are here on this earth. God wants to use your life for His glory. He has given you gifts to use, along with the Holy Spirit to lead you and empower you in your service to Jesus Christ.
A Common Miracle is about how God will take a common, average person, and use him for His glory if he or she will let Him do so. Can you imagine what God might do in your life and through it if you were to let Him? Alan Redpath once said, in speaking of so many Christians, “A saved soul, and a wasted life.” Oh, how God wants your life to be useful and effective. This is the common desire that He has for you — that your life would not only be saved but useful.
It’s my prayer that God might use this book to encourage you along both lines mentioned: to be saved, and then to be used by Him. It’s what God can do if you will but let Him do it. Will you be “a Common Miracle?”
PASTOR BOB GRENIER