A Mundane Life?

I have been a Christian for nearly 39 years. Over that span, I have read the Bible almost every morning, perhaps 13,000 times. I have attended Sunday church service nearly 2,000 times. I have joined frequent small groups such as Bible studies and Life Groups well over 1,000 times. I have joined with others 100’s of times for prayer. I have had meals with my family and friends well over 30,000 times.

My conclusion? Life has tremendous potential to be mundane.

But let’s insert God into the mundane. He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, bringing it all into existence with just a word from His mouth: the mind-blowing vastness of the galaxies and the remarkable microscopic world of DNA. Then 2000 years ago, with more love than we can imagine He inserted his Son into this world to take on mortality and suffer death in exchange for us, like a lamb sent to the slaughterhouse.

This same God is the One who dwells within us. Literally. He is the same one present in my morning Bible reading and my Sunday church service and my small group meeting and my prayer gathering and my family meals. Should those times be boring? Uneventful? Fruitless? Mindless? Faithless?

At Stonebrook, we have some wonderful people that the Lord has saved and assembled together. But I have to admit that sometimes life feels very ordinary. Mundane. And I can have little expectation that the Creator of the heavens can and will do something powerful in our midst.

I repent of my unbelief.

We don’t need new and fancy things. We simply need the Lord. Every day. Even in the mundane.

Beginning now, we are presenting to you a year-long theme of "renewal." To renew our hearts with a spirit of expectation. A spirit of faith. To ask simply and constantly, “Lord, would you work powerfully in my life today at work and at home and with the church, even in the ordinary moments?”

Sometimes God will work magnificently through the big events of life, but He also will work quietly in power and grace in the mundane, in the thousands of routine events of life... if only we will ask Him to. He desires to encourage, strengthen, comfort, teach, humble, and correct us. And this may often seem very ordinary, even unimpressive due to its familiarity, but we must not miss God in these moments.

This year, beginning this week, let’s renew our hearts of expectation.

  • Before every Sunday morning service, pray, “Lord, would you work powerfully in us?”
  • Before every morning Bible reading, ask, “Lord, do you have something to say to me through your Word?”
  • Before every Life Group meeting, pray, “Father, would you please minister to every person in a fresh and grace-filled way?”
  • Before every meal, ask, “Lord, please touch my family/roommates with Your great power and love.”
  • Before going to work or school, call on the Lord: “Bless me with strength, wisdom, and love in a way that honors You.”

As we pray such things in a spirit of expectation, let’s watch and see what the Lord will do. I think of Jonathan in 1 Samuel 14 speaking to his armor-bearer and ready to fight the Philistines: “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” Amen.

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