God is the God of the mundane. Though he is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, he is very content living with ordinary people, while engaging them in the ordinary vicissitudes of life. We definitely see this idea in the Gospel.
[Christ] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:6-8 (ESV)
For [Christ] grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. – Isaiah 53:2 (ESV)
A Very Short Highlight Film
This is good news for us because we are very ordinary people and most of each of our lives is characterized by the mundane. Our life’s highlight reel will be short:
- Physical Debilitations
- Death of loved ones
Outside of these few events, everything else in life is pretty much normal or ordinary. This is hard for some people to embrace because of our sinful desire to be godlike. (Genesis 3:1-7) We build our towers of Babel, reaching to higher heights, only to be frustrated, but rarely deterred. (Genesis 11:1-9) We are an individualistic culture, largely shaped by the fame we see in sports and in hollywood. Until we find the elusive pot of gold, we will not be satisfied.
Amazingly that “pot of gold” was found in a manger, a cross, and an empty tomb.
Are You Content?
How are you at being content? Are you characterized by contentment? Has the noise of your soul been quieted by a peace that passes your finite understanding of things? (Philippians 4:7) Are you living in the good and satisfaction that the Gospel brings to your life each today?
Typically for me and maybe a few others, who are not satisfied or content with the mundane, it is because of our unbiblical dream chasing, that elusive “pot” at the end of the elusive rainbow. When my thinking drifts from the satisfying simplicity of the Gospel, I become part of our larger world who is made up of individualistic people, who preferentially do not value community, but put self-interest ahead of others. (Philippians 2:3)
These are very small people, living shallow lives, who have re-edited themselves into believing the lie about themselves that they created. Sadly, these folks never seem to come to the truth and personal freedom found in the Gospel. Rugged individualism and self-interest alienates a person from God and others. This is a battle I have to fight each day.
Let Me Introduce You to an Amazing Man
Though Jesus was God (truly great), he entered into our mundane world and gave himself up for us (other-centered), so we could receive the ultimate imperishable, inheritance that will never fade away. (1 Peter 1:4) Like Christ, true greatness is found by pouring your life into the lives of others. Gospel-centered living is life’s best solution for living in the mundane.
Application Questions and Thoughts
- Define true greatness? What would you say is truly great?
- When you die, how will you be characterized?
- Do you value the community over your personal desires for greatness?
- Ask your children (or friends) what you are most interested in? Ask them to describe your passion?
- Do the scales of your life tip toward serving others or serving self?