“More Than” People

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Shirley Arnold

When my husband and I went out to dinner
one night we were served by an extremely helpful waitress. This woman seemed to
anticipate our every need; she even suggested an item that was not on the

Throughout the evening, she served us with both joy and efficiency.
She made our evening so pleasant that the next time we went to that restaurant,
we requested her as our waitress. In a society in which mediocrity has become
the standard, she distinguished herself by her excellence.

In the same
way our waitress rose above the crowd, believers in Christ should strive to
shine as lights in the world’s darkness.

The Bible is full of stories of
people who chose to live their lives at more than a mediocre level. Moses is
described as a man who was more humble than any other man on the face of
the earth. Nehemiah is described as a faithful man who feared God more
than others did. John the Baptist is described as more than a prophet.
And the Bible says that Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness more
than His companions.

All of these were “more than” people-people who
could not be satisfied with the ordinary or the usual. Consequently, God used
each of them in an extraordinary way.

Three qualities distinguish “more
than” people from the rest of the crowd:

First, “more than” people are
people of action. This world is full of dreamers who are
observers. But it’s not enough to dream. You must also take action to bring
those dreams to fulfillment.

I love to dream with dreamers, but there
comes a point at which you must be willing to roll up your sleeves and work to
become part of a dream’s fulfillment. “More than” people love to dream it and
do it. They look for opportunities to do ordinary things in extraordinary

Second, “more than” people have a can-do attitude. Our God
loves to use impossible situations to prove His power and strength. He is
constantly looking for people He can entrust with the impossible.

story of Gideon is a perfect example. Though we tend to think there is strength
in numbers, God’s view is completely opposite.

When a large army of
Midianites threatened Israel, the Lord said to Gideon: “‘The people who are with
you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel
claim glory for itself against Me, saying, “My own hand has saved me”‘” (Judg.
7:2, NKJV).

Through a series of qualifying tests, God reduced Gideon’s
army from 32,000 to only 300-and then sent him off to fight. Gideon’s army was
severely outnumbered, yet God led them to victory.

Like Gideon, “more
than” people have learned that their strength does not lie in their own ability
but in the supernatural ability of God. Their attitude is, “I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). They are can-do people because
they know God is a can-do God.

Third, “more than” people have an
all-or-nothing nature. Once when Jesus was teaching in the temple,
He observed a poor widow putting her meager offering in the temple treasury.
Knowing that she was giving all she had to give, He commended her before His
disciples. “‘Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all,'”
Jesus told them (Luke 21:3).

Certainly, the rich people in the synagogue
gave their offerings in greater quantity, but this woman gave hers in greater
quality. Throughout the Scriptures, this kind of wholeheartedness is the mark of
a “more than” person.

Abraham left everything familiar to follow God to a
new land. He even put his son Isaac on the altar out of radical obedience to
God’s word. Ruth gave up everything to follow her mother-in-law, Naomi. The
disciples left their livelihoods to follow Jesus. All of these “more than”
people had an all-or-nothing nature when it came to the things of

Becoming a “more than” person is not hard, because God has placed in
us a desire for greater things-a desire that reflects His own character. As
Ephesians 3:20 says, God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask
or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (NIV, emphasis
added). But it does require us to step up to a place of greater faith. Let’s
take that step and become “more than” believers today!

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