Not So Ordinary Examples?
Earlier this week, I wrote a post about how a person’s witness for Christ could affect others in ways that only God could use to bring them closer to Him. That witness was seen in Biblical and more modern-day examples of extraordinary women.These ladies were exceptional in their lives for God. However, we are not to be detoured by their example as high standards that are unreachable in everyday life. Even what seems to be ordinary can be extraordinary in Christ.
Liberties for Ordinary Living
In 1 Corinthians 10: 23-33, Paul gives principles for Christian liberty that impacts our everyday ordinary lives. Through Christian liberty, we can live through the grace of God to impact others for Christ. For the stay at home mother and wife, she can exhibit Christian liberty by serving her family and extending the grace and mercy of God in her practices of raising children. While using that same liberty in her home and the workplace, the working wife and mother uses it in interacting with co-workers and applying herself to her work. As well, the single woman applies the edification of the Lord to her relationships and gives her time to serve God in the place appointed to her. In any realm of life, Christ gives us the tools of Christian liberty to exhort Christ and point others to Him.
As believers, we are all called to live set apart lives, while being transformed through the grace and mercy of Christ. This is not to say that we will be perfect. However, we are to do everything “to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:33) We often can make ourselves believe that doing the laundry, picking up that toy for the hundredth time, or explaining to your employer that your child is sick and have to leave early is somehow stalling us in our call to lead a life of greatness. However, when we are glorifying God in every action, we are already leading a life of greatness.
So, do not beat yourself up if you don’t live in foreign land, caring for orphans and dodging danger of an enemy attack. Your life is just as extraordinary for following what God has planned for you in this moment. Keep on trusting God and allowing Him to be glorified through your ordinary actions. Others are watching (and more often than not, little tiny eyes) to see Christ in you!