Churches were spiritual. Prayer was spiritual. Devotional books were spiritual. Pastors and missionaries were spiritual. Certain events were spiritual. Studying theology was spiritual. Crosses and scripture pictures on your wall were spiritual. As were Precious Moments figurines, Mother Theresa and Billy Graham.
AND SOME THINGS, ACTIVITIES AND PEOPLE WERE NOT!
- Feeding the dog – no
- Doing laundry – no
- Computers – no
- Real Estate – no
- Sales – totally no
- Banking – definitely, totally no!
- Rock Music – notta chance!
- Actors – Who?
Interestingly, Jesus just didn’t seem to divide life that way!
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour.” Like yeast?
God’s Kingdom is like “a net.” It’s like “treasure hidden in a field.” Like a “sower scattering seed.” Like a “mustard seed.”
Like the ORDINARY things in everyday life! NOT just the temple, priests, and prayer shawls.
Might Jesus today have instead said. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…
- A thoughtful e-mail
- An instagram sent to inspire
- A guy who changed a diaper
- A woman who decided not to go through with the divorce
- A manager who took his team out for Mexican food
- An investor who bought Apple stock in the 90′s
- A son who texted his mom to tell her thank you
The invasion of the spiritual into our every day does NOT tend to look like sound and light shows or choirs or “God-talk.” Instead it’s seeing God in the “mundane” and “normal.” OR realizing that there is NO such thing as mundane and normal in the first place!
Yes, I am incredibly guilty of seeing things like coins, investments, managers and texts as being “secular” and not mattering to God. I have seen certain things as “counting” and other things as “not counting.”
Very much not the case!
Might the greatest act of God in our world today be when people like you and me place new value and give new attention to seeing God fully alive in the every day?
PS. I have recently joined with a group/tribe called The Practice (http://www.practicetribe.com.) that meets together to learn how to better see and experience God in the every day. In an age when so many of us have felt that church is becoming detached from every day life, Aaron Niequist, Shauna Niequist, Mindy Caliguire and the rest of their team have begun leading a revolutionary way to do church and life! If you live in the Chicago area, it meets on Sunday nights between 7 and 9 and is open at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. Or, if not, stay tuned! I don’t believe The Practice vision will stay in one place for too long! (Just sayin!)