What Is Normal?

Webster’s dictionary defines normal as according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle b: conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern.[i]

A working social definition would be more accurately described as the average of all our abnormalities.

What then is normal for a Christian? When it comes to our Christian life we often settle for nominal rather than normal. Nominal means to be in name only. This should not be!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. –Romans 8:28-29

God’s ultimate goal for us is to be conformed into the image of His Son, which is Jesus the Christ. While we will not achieve this goal this side of Heaven there a defiantly some things we can attempt to model and follow that would please our Heavenly Father and can be done by the leading and the power of the Spirit:

  • Like to love as Jesus did, showing compassion as He did to the leper (Matthew 8:3 where He not only healed the leper, he touched him. He looked beyond that man’s desire and gave him what he needed!)
  • Or how Jesus dealt with the woman at the well (John 4) he dealt with the sin never forgetting there was a person, answering her questions patiently till she got it.
  • Or even getting angry when the situation called for it (Matthew 21:12-13). He was angry because they were robbing those who came to worship the Heavenly Father. Even we are called to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26).

As Peter wrote: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously: -1Peter 2:21-23

It is real easy to get caught up in worldly aspects of day to day life but we can choose to follow after Jesus, emulating Him as we live our lives: desiring not to sin, not holding grudges, forgiving freely. When we look at what Jesus did for us, should not we desire to do all He wants us to do?

Just something to think about… 


[i] Merriam-Webster online dictionary, http://m-w.com/

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