What We Were Made For

What We Were Made For

In a million unique ways—as we change diapers, eat dinner, return e-mails, pay the bills—we are to be the evidence of God. Jesus factored in the mundane. We need to eat and sleep and shower and clean up and work on our marriages because of the way he made us—typical, inadequate, and human. Embrace the common: a Sunday afternoon watching sports, Starbucks with a friend, cooking dinner for a neighbor, taking the dog for a walk, heading to a job that is making you more humble and needy because it is so unfulfilling, or working through conflict with a friend you have offended. This and more is all part of it.

So do your everyday and your ordinary. Godliness is found and formed in those places. No man or woman greatly used by God has escaped them. Great men and women of God have transformed the mundane, turning neighborhoods into mission fields, parenting into launching the next generation of God’s voices, legal work into loving those most hurting, waiting tables into serving and loving in such a way that people see our God.

Jesus says the way we glorify God, the way we step into his story, is by accomplishing the work God gives us to do. Jesus glorified his father on earth by doing that very thing.

We play our part in his story, and the beauty is, it was what we were made for.

Excerpted from Anything. Copyright © 2011 by Jennie Allen. Published by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. 2 years ago
    Beth Hoffmann says

    This description, “waiting tables into serving and loving in such a way that people see our God” recalled an incident in my work. I was asked, “Why are you so nice?” I responded, “I know Jesus loves you. I want you to know that, too.”
    Thank you for encouraging us to keep on keeping on.

  2. It takes courage to ‘change’ yourself and guide a society that is ‘self-centered’ and accustomed to instant gratification. As a christian and woman of faith, it takes tremendous will power and prayer to hold on to the hopes that God will glorify all humanity when you see so much animosity surrounding you.

  3. 2 years ago
    Linda says

    Very encouraging for me today. Thanks.

  4. 2 years ago
    Sharon Jackson says

    I just love to hear that other women think about how this is meant to be for us. I know our children were brought up in a home that was Christian and still they saw things from other sources that they thought were good also. Some of those things were manufactured from the minds of people who were not close to the Bible and God and influenced their thinking too much. Women are special creatures created by God from man. Women should remember their place in society again. Loved your statement. God bless you in your work. Thank you.

  5. 2 years ago
    Chris says

    Thanks for sharing, I needed to hear this today!