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Glorify God in the Mundane

GlorifyGod-MundaneIn a million unique ways—as we change diapers, eat dinner, return e-mails, pay the bills—we are to be evidence of God. Jesus factored in the mundane. . . . 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. . . .

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 . . . is by accomplishing the work God gives us to do. Jesus glorified His Father on earth by doing that very thing.

As the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. . . . And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:12–14, 17

Teach me Your way, O Lord;

I will walk in Your truth;

Unite my heart to fear Your name.

Psalm 86:11

We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18

From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Order your copy of this new Women of Faith devotional now.

 

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  1. 1 month ago
    MaryJacobs says

    Early each morning my “everyday and ordinary” is to walk in the vegetable garden with my husband. We oh and ah over the cabbages as though they were our children. We praise the ones who are growing rapidly and encourage those who are developing more slowly. We inspect each row carefully looking for any sign of trouble or disease. This morning Tony whispered to me, “Look, a baby rabbit.” In response I yelled, “Get him!” Tony was aghast and quickly inquired as to my serious problem with a cute, brown bunny. I explained that there is no such thing as one bunny in a vegetable garden and that he would damage the fruit of our labor. Quietly, the Lord reminded me that the same was true for sin in the garden of my life. There is no such thing as one small sin. Sin begets sin and damages the productivity of our lives. My prayer of my heart became “God, search me and try me for any wicked way.” Truly, as you said, godliness is found and formed in ordinary places. (Romans 1:20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”

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