Restoring glory to the ordinary

Have you noticed how easily discontentment destroys joy and gratitude?

More emphasis is needed on the glory of the ordinary. I fear that the repeated emphasis on being radical for God can also give people the misguided feeling that the ordinary is either boring or some form of compromise.

Enough of this! Stop saying,

  • “I am just a mom.”
  • “I am just a mechanic.”
  • “I am just a waitress.”
  • “I am just a ….”

There is no “just” with God? In fact, God is more likely found in the “just.” (See – “The God you didn’t expect“)

Questions worth asking

  • Have we lost touch with the glory of faithfulness and diligence in ordinary routines and duties of life?
  • Have we radicalized what wholehearted love for God and neighbors looks like by separating it from faithfulness in ordinary duties?
  • Do you see a need for renewed honor for the quiet glory of being faithful fathers, mothers, children, brothers, sisters, neighbors, and workers?

A high calling in mundane things

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). There is an exalted glory when we make vertical connections with God in ordinary activities of life. But this requires us to “do” all to His glory. Who is this about? Who is this for? Answering these questions will make the difference.

“Stop being unamazed by the strange glory of ordinary things” (Clyde Kilby).

A worthy ambition

  • “….make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (I Thessalonians 4:11-12) 
  • “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives” (Titus 3:14).

Misguided ambitions

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them … or they do not see it, or they justify it … because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves” (T. S. Eliot ).

Who is this about? Who is this for?

The greatest example

  • Luke 17:10 – Jesus said, “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”
  • Luke 22:27 – Jesus asked, “… who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”
  • John 13:14-15 – “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

Perspective forming Scriptures

  • Galatians 1:10 – “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
  • Galatians 6:3 – “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
  • Romans 12:3 – “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

A final question

What would it look like if we had a renewed zeal to “… be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Steve Cornell

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2 Responses to Restoring glory to the ordinary

  1. johntjeffery says:

    While we’re on the subject…here are a couple of related posts and books that I encountered recently that you may find useful or at least interesting:

    Mike Wittmer, “Ordinary” (18 DEC 2014), on Don’t Stop Believing at http://mikewittmer.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/ordinary/ [accessed 4 JAN 2015]; RE: Michael S. Horton, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014); on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Sustainable-Faith-Radical-Restless/dp/0310517370/ [accessed 4 JAN 2015].

    Shane Lems, “Ordinary Pastor, Ordinary People” (22 DEC 2014), on The Reformed Reader at http://reformedreader.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/ordinary-pastor-ordinary-people/ [accessed 4 JAN 2015]; RE: Eugene H. Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989); on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-Contemplative-Pastor-Returning-Spiritual/dp/0802801145/ [accessed 4 JAN 2015].

    Great Kilby quote by the way!

  2. Reblogged this on WisdomForLife and commented:

    Always a needed review for me!

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