The Christian life is filled with oddities that often make no sense. For example, someone who condoned murder becomes a missionary. Unschooled fishermen become apostles. A cheat writes a book that is read by millions. A carpenter’s daughter grows up to become a teacher and a public speaker for Christ. Oddities? Absolutely! Yet these people all revealed the grace, mercy, and power of the Savior within them: Paul, the disciples, Matthew and me. We are the oddities.
Unlikely oddities are revealed often in the Bible. The poor in spirit gain the kingdom of God. Those who mourn are comforted. The meek, the gentle, the kind will inherit the earth. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. The merciful will be shown mercy. But these aren’t even the greatest of the unlikely oddities.
One despised and rejected saved the world. The tortured and crucified One rose from the dead and experienced pure joy. This One – this Jesus Christ – died that we might live. He became poor so that we might become rich – not in a monetary sense, but in and through the power of the Word and His Spirit. Unlikely oddities? Yes! But it was, and is, the best that a loving, forgiving Savior has to offer.
Prayer: Father, help me to see life’s unlikely oddities as gifts from you. As I study Scripture, may I rejoice in the joys they can and will bring. Amen.