“And Jesus came up and spoke with them, and said to them, All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Just as my Father has sent me I am also sending you.” Matthew 28:18 The Ancient Eastern Text
“And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature (of the whole human race).” Mark 16:15 The Amplified Bible
When Jesus called Peter, James, and John, He told them He would make them fishers of men. This was, I believe, intriguing to them, because they were fishermen. They spent their nights throwing out their nets, hoping they would be filled with fish.
Now here was this man, obviously not a fisherman, telling them he would make them Fishers of Men! How would fishing for men fill their families stomachs, pay their rents, and buy the things they needed to live? Yet even with these questions bouncing around in their minds, they immediately left their boats and nets to follow this stranger.
It doesn’t make sense on any scale or in any era or based on any demographic, except one that is based on a call received from God or His Son. Oswald Chambers put forth the idea that common sense has no place in the Kingdom of God. According to Chambers, common sense is absolutely contrary to the Call of God. He even went so far as to place before his students the thought that the only way to live the life of faith was to abandon the life of common sense!
There was a man who lived in an amazing city, he was wealthy, esteemed, had an incredibly beautiful wife. He was the envy of all who knew him, and of many who had only heard of him. One day he returned home and told his beautiful wife they were leaving their home to move to another country. She, being curious, asked exactly where they were headed. He replied, quite candidly, he didn’t have a clue!
Most of us can guess where the conversation went from there! We can also make an informed guess who won that discussion, as Sara and Abram set out from Ur of the Chaldees on their way to the place God would show them when they arrived. Neither one knew they would never actually inhabit that Land of Promise, maybe God knew just being the parents of the son of promise, at their ages, was enough.
Common sense caused them plenty of troubles as it battled against the sense of faith God asked them to have in Him and His plan. Now what God was asking wasn’t easy. However, He promises to never leave us or forsake us, so is it possible that the issue wasn’t God’s but theirs? I have discovered that relying on my own common sense has caused me plenty of problems. Is it possible that just like Abram and Sara I choose the wrong sense?
Could it be I fall back on common sense rather than seeking God’s promise to always be my strength? Am I seeking the wrong source of sense? Because admittedly, there are times I just don’t get exactly what God is doing in my life or why He is doing what He has chosen to do!
But maybe the issue is I’m looking at the wrong sense, because so far in my limited life span God has never abandoned me no matter how much it has felt like it, seemed like it, or looked like it. Every time He has come through in ways that have nothing to do with common sense!
How am I allowing His sense to make a difference in the world in which I now live? Good question; it’s an excellent question because I don’t know! How is the world in which I now live better than it was before I arrived? Has the sense of God been allowed to flow through me or do I still hide behind the common sense of this world’s safety blanket?
There is one aspect of grace that isn’t often mentioned. Grace is dangerous! We tend to think of it as some form of big pink fluffy blankie. But it is dangerous, filled with intrigue, mystery, the opportunity to experience faith on the cutting edge. Grace does not fit into the parameters of anyone’s common sense because it doesn’t make sense, period!
Grace flies in the face of common sense–that is why Oswald Chambers says common sense has to be removed from the life of the believer. Common sense seduces the believer as Adam and Eve were seduced by the enemy in the Garden.
Grace terrified Jesus in His Garden, because He had to face the price to be paid for Grace. Grace was and is dangerouse–it comes with a price. The price for Jesus was His Life. The price for the believer is their common sense and trust in their own abilities. Grace is free in the sense that it can’t be earned, but it isn’t something weak and soft. It has the power of the Resurrection exploding into the life of every believer.
I have only cited two examples of how common sense will not fit in the believer’s life or the Kingdom of God. But the Bible is full of examples of God’s sense overruling common sense over and over. The only question that remains is what will I do with this information?
“A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], but the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.” Proverbs 16:9 Amplified Bible
“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21 New Living Translation