Has anyone ever been to a restaurant, Starbucks, or some type of food place to where as soon as you walk up to the register you immediately say, “I will take the usual, please.” And as soon as you say it, the person at the register knows EXACTLY what you mean. As sad as this is, it’s me. Our worship pastor and myself always go to this Japanese place in the mall we have here in Charlottesville. It’s $4.99 for a plate of teriyaki chicken, fried rice, and vegetables. Not even kidding…every time Pastor Tim and I walk in, we say, “we’ll have the usual” and the lady knows exactly what we mean.
Depending on what version of the Bible you use, it could be different than what version I read. I read out of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and there was one word that stuck out to me as I was reading this morning. The word “usual”. The word “usual” means “Commonly encountered, experienced; regular practice; regularly used.
In Luke 4:16, it says, “As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read.”
I find it very unusual that Luke, a doctor – who pays very close to things and is very detailed with his writings, says what Jesus does is “usual”. Back in those days, priests, prophets, and apostles were to attend a worship service on a regular basis. It was required, sometimes more than others, depending on their position. But, what astounds me is that Jesus walks into every worship service and people thinks He is just another prophet. Jesus is asked to read from Scripture before all the people, then sit down…but, the thing is, Jesus didn’t just read, then sit down. Jesus read, then He preached, and people were astounded, because they thought that He was just another “usual prophet”. Wrong. He is THE prophet. THE Christ was standing before them and they had no idea either. THE Savior of all the world, the One who was to come, bring salvation, and die for their sin, was right before their very eyes and they thought He was just another “usual prophet”. But, what I want you to see is that Jesus didn’t walk in there and say, “Hey! I’m Jesus! Look at Me!” Jesus was humble to where He built relationships with people, and through His lifestyle and words, they began to slowly see who He was.
So, I challenge you today to live as usual. Be humble as Jesus was. Don’t preach yourself and tell people about this and that and how you are the best at this or that or tell people about how many home-runs you hit whenever you were 16, or how many points you scored in a single season during your high school basketball career. To be honest, people don’t really care to hear about that. Fit in the crowd like Jesus did. That doesn’t mean change your lifestyle for people to like you. It simply means live your lifestyle as if it were your last day on Earth. Build relationships with others. Don’t just tell them you’re a good Christian person. Your words mean nothing to people if they don’t know you’re heart.
I will leave you with one last quote from a friend of mine that is a pastor in Arkansas. He said to me one day, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”