I’m currently reading a book called, ‘Water from an ancient well’. It’s about Celtic Spirituality and is a good read so far. I’m in a chapter titled, ‘Be thou my vision: God in the every day’. It reminds me of this post I wrote a while back about living for God whatever we’re doing, rather than striving to find something in particular that will enable us to ‘serve Him in some special way’. I called it ‘Happy Changing Nappies’, because that’s what I was (and am) trying to learn to be.
What am I doing?
I’ve just realised something about Surfers for Jesus, Christian Surfers, and other such groups. I remember when I first heard about YWAMs Surfers for Jesus, I thought, ‘How cool! – Imagine becoming a cool surfer so you can tell people about Jesus’ But that’s not the point. These guys aren’t choosing a cool lifestyle in order to appeal to other equally cool people (is this a generalisation about surfers being cool?). They are just telling people about Jesus in the situation that they’re already in. They are surfers, and they’re doing it for Jesus. They’re not Christians looking for a cool route through life, they’re surfers looking for a Christian way of living life.
Which means that I shouldn’t be looking around to find cool things to do so that I can entice people into Christianity through the cool route. Rather, I should be doing what I already do for the sake of Christ. At this moment in time, that means I should be doing the school run for Jesus, changing nappies for Jesus, bottle feeding for Jesus, giving out pocket money for Jesus … and everything else I do should be for him too.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”. Whatever you do! Not, ‘find something cool to do for Jesus’, but, ‘whatever it is you already do, you should be doing it for Jesus.’ Do you ever find yourself thinking, ‘what am I doing with my life?’ We get into a cycle of doing the same old thing, and then wonder if we could be living a much more exciting life…
So when, like the guy who wrote Ecclesiastes, we’re thinking,
“Everything’s boring, utterly boring –
no one can find any meaning in it.
Boring to the eye,
boring to the ear.
What was will be again,
what happened will happen again.
There’s nothing new on this earth.
Year after year it’s the same old thing.” (The Message)
we need to remember that we should be doing everything for Jesus. What we’re doing might not matter as much as who we’re doing it for. We don’t have to be doing the latest exciting thing before we can reach people for Jesus (although some people do always do the latest exciting thing, in which case they should be thinking about how they can do it for Jesus!) Maybe that’s part of what being made holy is about. We’re setting ourselves apart to work and live for Jesus. Our attitude changes from, ‘What’s in it for me?’ to, ‘what’s in it for Him?’
Do you, like me, sometimes struggle to find God in the every day stuff?