splendor in the mundane
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Read Mark 6:30-44 and notice how the supernatural can take place during the mundane task of handing out food.
Are you prone to consider tedious tasks as less spiritual? How will you acknowledge, welcome, and submit to Jesus’ presence in your mundane matters today?
Sometimes life is tedious. While self-help books promise endless passion for life and the mystics promise endless ecstasy, the reality is that many of our days are simply mundane. And they need to be. There are clothes to wash, forms to complete, toddlers to feed, drains to unclog, papers to write, and shoes to resole. At work or at home, there are always tasks that simply need to be done. During these times it can be easy to feel as if the promised abundant life has passed us by (John 10:10).
The early disciples experienced their ecstasies. Paul was caught up into the heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2). John had visions (Revelation 1:10). Phillip was supernaturally whisked away (Acts 8:39). Peter saw Jesus transfigured into radiant light before his very eyes (Mark 9:2). Folding napkins and getting the oil changed hardly compares.
Yet we forget that Jesus and the disciples had their experiences of tedium just as we do: hours spent walking dusty streets; meal times to arrange; family members to attend to. Yes, Jesus was transfigured on the mountaintop, but He also washed dirty feet (John 13:1-17). Yes, Peter walked on water (Matthew 14:29), but he also followed Jesus on the dusty path. The apostle Paul saw heaven, but told the Thessalonians that a life that pleased God included living quietly, minding one’s business, and working diligently (1 Thessalonians 4:11). “We like to speak and act out of the rare moments of inspiration,” says Os Guinness, “[but Jesus] requires our obedience in the routine, the unseen, and the thankless.”
There is a place for mountaintop spirituality. Praise God for it! But in the valley, in the mundane, we can experience a special splendor too. We are to do all things for Him (Colossians 3:17). He has promised to be with us wherever we go and in whatever we do (Matthew 28:20). His presence has always made mundane things holy.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Joshua 10:1-15
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