Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"There is No Act So Mundane That it Lies Outside the Scope of the Gospel"

The title is a line from Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, and it helped inspire my latest piece at SearchWarp:

The Sovereignty of God and the Washing of Dishes

An excerpt:
If every day and every space within that day is subject to the lordship of Christ, there is no such thing as holy space and less holy space. In fact, what many of us really need to do is not drop changing diapers to go into the world and "make a difference," but submit our changing of diapers to the lordship of Christ. Every act, no matter how menial, should be an act of worship, and it can be if we are doing it in gratitude and prayer and committing it to the glory of God.

The work of the Christian, in a million subsequent echoes of the Incarnation, is to make sacraments of our moments, infusing the spiritual into the ordinary and treating the ordinary as spiritual. The idea, Sinclair Ferguson writes, is that we are "doing the Spiritual thing naturally and doing the natural thing Spiritually."

Abraham Kuyper famously preached:
There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: 'Mine!'"

And therefore there is no square inch of our daily lives over which we should not cry, "His!," and act as if it were so.


Sara said...

if you're mulling these things, you really ought to read this book. It's excellent, excellent.

Jason said...

So true .. well put :)

Kinleyw said...

I just started reading "The practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawerence.
First page:
Lord of all pots and pans and things...
Make me a saint by getting meals
And washing up the plates.

Another quote on my Facebook:
We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing, that He is preparing and fitting us for some extraordinary thing by and bye, but as we go on in grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, in the present minute. - Oswald Chambers