That which is closer to the truth in God’s Kingdom is that contrary to the culture, ordinariness of being is His standard. The superior things that transpire in God’s Kingdom, however, are because God alone is superior and He does superior things, not because His servants are superior. Paul highlights this reality in 2 Corinthains 4:7 where he says that “we have this treasure (of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus) in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” It is this balance of the Superior and Awesome God living through weak, ordinary and frail earthlings that is the Kingdom’s modus operandi. But when we strive to be superior and do the superior thing in our own power, we are then of the culture and not of the Kingdom.
To be an ordinary and common person then is to be weak, to be limited, to be sinful, to be needy, and to be wounded because these traits belong to every human being. And when measured by these elements every human being is judged ordinary. An ordinary human being is sinful and sins and cannot cease sinning, even if he or she learns the very core secrets of the Christian life. A human being is ordinary because she cannot learn everything, do everything, be everything and go everywhere. Every human being is weak and has weaknesses. Even an Arnold Schwarzenegger needed open heart surgery.