What I’m Learning About Ministry In The Mundane 

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How can you know that there is fruit in all the ordinary and mundane of your Christian walk?

What does it mean to be a successful Christian?

Is it about immediate large scale success?

Or, Is it about breath-taking events everyday?

So what is the gauge for us as Christians?

And why do so many people, including Christians, look down on anything that is seemingly mundane?

Why is mundane viewed negatively

You want a visual of success

Mundane in your mind doesn’t look like success because there’s no evidence of movement or progress.

The presence of mundane is the absence of excitement or something surreal.

As a human, you want to see something that you can physically grasp that lets you feel progress. And I don’t think you are alone in this way of thinking.

But is this the right way to measure success?

The measuring stick of success is jacked up

It seems that success is always tied to something grandiose or monumental.

Faithful over time doesn’t seem to be an adequate measure of success.

Instead, gauges like numerical growth and amount of public exposure have become the norm.

This measuring system that has been created is jacked up because the impact of everything you do can’t be measured immediately.

So instead of reevaluating the measuring system, you have just sectioned certain things as worth measuring and some not.

The art of compartmentalizing

I think one big reason that the word mundane even comes up is because as a Christian you are guilty of categorizing things has holy and not holy.

And normally the things that are not holy tend to be mundane. How could this possibly please God, you ask? Or you wonder why would God call you to this unimportant work.

You assume that God cares about some areas of life and doesn’t care or maybe cares less about some areas of life.

But I don’t think God views or measures things that way.

God of whatever

  1. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  2. Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

This phrase, “whatever you do”, mentioned by Paul at least three times. Which,  to me means that God is trying to emphasize it to us.

He is a God of:

  • Words
  • Works
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Everything

 

Whatever is another way of saying everything

God doesn’t seem to be concerned with compartmentalizing His presence or will only to some areas of life.

I believe that our Heavenly Father is a God of the mundane as much as He is a God of the extraordinary.

Because the reality is that nothing is mundane. Every second of life is a cosmic gift from the creator of the universe.

You can choose to use every second to complain about its inability to amuse you or you can see the undeserved blessing of an opportunity to glorify God.

So if there is no mundane,  how does God view your life?

God’s view of life

Before we move on… 

Isaiah 55:8-9  Says , “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

So it would be crazy for me to say that I know how God views things, especially since Isaiah clearly tells us that God’s thoughts and ways are light years away in distance from my thoughts and ways.

But I think you can get a glimpse of what He desires from the following verses.

Be thankful

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Giving thanks can do some amazing things in you:

  1. When you give thanks, who is it you are giving thanks to? It’s God. And so giving thanks continually redirects your heart to God.
  2. Being grateful will always show you the blessings that were right in your face but you weren’t taking the time to notice.

Think about it: be thankful that you get to love your kids today, be thankful that you have kids, be thankful that you can walk today, be thankful that you have food today be thankful that you can eat today, be thankful that your tanks full (I threw a little rhyme in here for ya), be thankful that you can be thankful.

Really, if you try you can be grateful for something every second of every day.

For God’s glory

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

When you say that something is mundane it’s probably because it doesn’t look impressive to someone else.

But your goal shouldn’t be to impress someone but to seek to glorify God in whatever you do no matter how insignificant it might seem.

Be the best:

  • Sweeper
  • Dishwasher
  • Cook
  • Writer
  • Accountant
  • Secretary
  • Teacher
  • Care Taker
  • Machine Operator

Or whatever for the glory of God who created you and placed you where you’re at. Do whatever you do heartily.

With all you’ve got

Heartily: synonyms: wholeheartedly, sincerely, genuinely, warmly, profoundly, with all one’s heart;

I think God loves to see you give it all you’ve got.

Just think about the first part of the most important commandment Jesus gave, “Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

You can give it all. And it doesn’t require you to be in front of a huge crowd. It can be in the quite of your desk, steering wheel, computer, home with your spouse, room playing with your kids, or whatever.

Seeing everything as spiritual

1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I believe God wants us to see Him in everything. If you will just pause you can see His fingerprints on whatever you lay your eyes on.

  • Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
  • John 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

There is nothing too small and nothing too big.

God is present in everything. And if that is true, then, in essence, nothing is mundane.

Don’t take anything for granted

So don’t take anything for granted. I believe that is the easiest way to miss out on the blessings God has prepared for you.

Celebrate normal.
Celebrate the seemingly mundane.
We’re good at celebrating the extraordinary but what about the everyday blessings and magnificence of being His creation?

Take these next steps. Take a minute and go through the Soul Check questions or read some of the other content available below.

Soul Check:

Pause for a minute and see God’s handy work.

What areas of your life are you not giving it your all?

Have you compartmentalized areas of your life as not holy or important?

Check out these other resources:

You Were Made Extraordinarily Ordinary

Staking Your Life On God’s Faithfulness

Keeping Your Faith Fresh