Only your difference gets noticed. History does not remember the common, only the different. The difference is what’s celebrated, not the ordinary. Uncommon believers are not like everyone else. They are different. They are unique. They are remnant. The remnant is those remaining after everyone else has given up and quit. They are those that remain. The remnant is uncommon.
No one wants to be common, but so many are. It is not what’s common about you that makes a difference; it is what’s uncommon about you. History remembers the uncommon. Joshua and Caleb were different than the others called to spy out the Promised Land. They had a different spirit. David was not like his fearful brothers when encountering Goliath. David heard different. Elisha was not like the other prophets. He wanted a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. People do not take note of your common traits, but your uncommon traits.
To be common means to be average or ordinary, and to have no special distinction or quality. The common person is not exceptional in any way. He lacks any special distinction, rank, or status.
Uncommon believers are different. They are not like anyone else and carry distinguishing marks that are visible to all. In the midst of spiritual warfare, they are ready to war. When it comes time to possess the land, they are well able. We can learn much about the uncommon traits of remnant believers.
- The uncommon do not conform to the same pattern as everyone else.
- People draw toward the uncommon. David was a giant killer. His difference drew those in debt, distressed, and discontent to a cave.
- People are rewarded for their differences. Peter was a professional fisherman that had caught nothing all night. As an uncommon believer he was willing to try again when instructed by Christ.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
- Only your difference gets noticed.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
“And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.” (1 Samuel 22:2)
- Your difference is what’s remembered. Joshua and Caleb were different. They had a different spirit.
“But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it.” (Numbers 14:24)
- The uncommon are remembered because they have something worth remembering. Christ said the woman with the alabaster box would be remembered forever.
“There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.” (Matthew 26:7-13)
“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:4-5)
- The uncommon are brought before kings. Daniel and his friends were uncommon. Their difference was rewarded with the king’s favor, provision, and position.
“And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:3-8)
As an uncommon believer, you are unique. You have something to offer that others don't. Your greatness is found in your difference. That difference is the Holy Spirit gifting in you. It’s the part that came from God alone. Identify it. School it. Value it. What you value increases in importance. Christ said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Your difference is celebrated, not your common traits. Make a choice today. Avoid common and take hold of uncommon. You are different than everyone else! Shine on. Christ said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:7-8). You were born for such a time as this.
© Apostle Jonas Clark
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