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Someone once said there is really very little difference between people but that little difference makes a great deal of difference. Jabez doesn't stand out in the Old Testament like a Moses or a David or light up the book of Acts like those early Christians who turned the world upside down. But one thing is sure: The little difference in his life made all the difference.
You could think of him as the Prodigy of the Genealogy, or maybe the
Bibles Little Big Man. You'll find him hiding in the least read section of one of the least read books of the Bible.
When ordinary Christians decide to reach for an extraordinary life – which is exactly the kind God promises, they become gimpers for God."
A gimper, as Dr. Richard Seume explained, is someone who always does a little more than what’s required or expected.
"Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers" (l Chronicles 4:9). Jabez wanted to be more and do more for God, and-as we discover by the end of verse l0 – God granted him his request. ]abez is remembered not for what he did, but for what he prayed-and for what happened next.