Christ is in all parts of life, even the mundane activities. Unfortunately, we have lost sight of God’s accessibility in the simple.
In the gospels, when John the Baptist says the kingdom of heaven is at hand, he is literally saying it is in our midst. It’s everywhere, all around us and in us. God took all his ‘possessions’ (so to speak) and moved into the world with us. Now his ‘stuff’ is strewn all over the place, just begging to be tripped over.
We do not need to go off to another country or spend our lives in prayer closets to encounter God and walk with him. In fact, Paul seems to speak directly against this, actually suggesting something that looks like quite a boring, ordinary life. He writes that we should make it our ambition to live a quiet life, to work with our hands, and mind our own business. This is pleasing to the Lord. (1 Thess. 4:1)
I wonder if people still believe that? Everything in our culture says go, go, go! An important life is a busy life, not a quiet life. Churches create more and more programs. Christians meddle. But what would it look like to “mind your own business,” to be quiet? I’m not sure, but it sounds wonderful.
I wonder if the missional church movement holds some answers…