Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Eternal Significance of the Ordinary Day

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, 
as for the Lord rather than for men.
Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all
  in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
 through Him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:17

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever
 you do, do all to the glory of God.
I Corinthians 10:31

Remembering these verses helps keep the dailiness and the ordinariness of our lives in perspective, eternal perspective.  God expects us to work, speak, eat, drink, and do all things (all the mundane and repetitive activities of daily living) in the name of His Son, for Him, and for His glory.  This gives a vital importance to the "every day" of our lives. This says that there are no wasted days, no unimportant days, no wasted or unimportant words, no wasted or unimportant activities in the seemingly unnoticed ordinariness of our lives.

Oh, BUT, when you keep these commands, when you consider why these commands were given, and that they culminate in bringing glory to our great God, and His great Son...well then, life takes on a different meaning and we begin to view our life differently.  

When we follow these commands then we begin to understand that our life, no matter how insignificant it may seem cannot, let me repeat, CANNOT be meaningless.  In fact, these verses scream that our life does have meaning, even down to the smallest and most insignificant thing we do.  Additionally, this also shows us that each and every day of our life has value in the eternal plan and purpose of God.

The "whatever you do" in these verses encompasses everything we find ourselves involved in.  So our life becomes a theater for our honoring the Lord with our speech, our eating, drinking, and doing; and thus, He is glorified in our living out our ordinary lives.

Now, when we grasp the concept of God's sovereignty over all of life (Psalm 103:19), it enables us to see His Divine providence in ordaining our very steps (Proverbs 20:24), even to the extent that He delights in the very way He has decreed for us (Psalm 37:23); we then see that for those who have turned to the Lord to follow Him in all His ways, each day, with all its attendant activities, has value in God's eternal plan and purpose because it is used to display His worth and glory as we live it for Him; and if its has value, even though it seems so ordinary and mundane to us, in God's plan it is significant.

So what does this mean?  It means that if you are a Mom, be a Mom to the glory of God.  If you are a secretary, be a secretary to the glory of God.  If you are a salesman, be a salesman to the glory of God.  If you are a coach, coach to the glory of God.  If you are an executive, be an executive to the glory of God.  If you are retired, be retired for the glory of God. If you fish or hunt, fish or hunt to the glory of God. When you play golf, play golf to the glory of God.

You see, there really are no "ordinary" days as we would view ordinary, but each day brims with opportunity to bring glory to the Lord, as that is how He has ordained it. Friends, let us look at each day in our life, as a day ordained by the Lord, therefore significant in His eternal plan...and therefore so are we!

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