Have you ever been in the presence of greatness? Perhaps you shook the hand of a world leader. Maybe you got close to a famous athlete. Or you may have had a book signed by a bestselling author.

To be near such icons of popularity and prestige can almost take your breath away. You’ve seen them on television or read about them in the newspaper, but now you’re in their presence! It can make your skin tingle.

In reality, though, it shouldn’t. No offense to the most powerful politicians. No slight to the world’s top athletes or most prestigious authors, but they are all ordinary people. They may have done something great, but at the heart of it all they are just like you and me. In God’s eyes they are sinners who need the grace of the only One who can truly be called great: Our Almighty God.

Isaiah put it best when he said, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” (6:5). He had seen a vision of God, and he was devastated by the contrast between himself and the Lord. Until God rescued Isaiah, the prophet was powerless.

We’re all equally ordinary. But we can be lifted to incredible heights through the salvation God provides. Only an extraordinary God could do that for ordinary people!