I can not tell you enough good things about a book called Redemption, by Mark Wilkerson. God used it some other perfectly timed circumstances to reignite my flame for Him and for ministering to the broken, messy people in our eternal family. I took a bunch of life-altering notes from a training weekend we went to, and am using the bullet points as a follow-up study. Not to overstate here, but Every.Single.Person in the world could receive some great things from this book.
Did I mention I’ve never met this Wilkerson before? I don’t get any benefit from advertising his book other than to enjoy the fruit of a redeemed, stronger, more complete kingdom-centered family.
So, It’s a book studied in these awesome Redemption Groups that I’m praying and hoping to be a part of at our church. One of the first points made at a little training we went to about it is, “The gospel can invade beauty into any situation–deep sorrow or those that seem mundane on the surface”. What do you think as you read that point?
At first glance I would normally say, “duh”. But when my heart is ripe to receive the truth and to delve into the depths of my soul, I become aware that I don’t live like that’s true. And if I don’t live like that, there’s a splinter blocking the path from my brain and my true faith.
So, first I needed to ensure that the statement actually lines up with the Bible…I know that Jesus is the Word and His story is the Good News, and that He literally saved me from the deep sorrow of dying while my girls were still so young. And in Matthew 9:23-25, a ruler was quite sorrowful because his daughter had just died but Jesus brought her back to life. Done. The gospel can invade beauty into deep sorrow.
He also invaded beauty into my mundane life. Remember I posted how on the last day of chemo I went to a drug store and God had three strangers stop me to tell me I was beautiful? He invaded a mundane moment with His perfect love, before I even knew I needed it or had asked. He did throughout His earthly ministry, too. Almost every day was mundane until He came along as the rescuer. Matthew went to work and was hanging out as his tax collector’s booth when Jesus cruised by and grabbed him (Mth 9:9). He turned a normal work day, where he was looked down upon and dreaded by the people, into a new calling, lifestyle and job. Oh, and He brought eternal life. God it. So, the gospel can invade beauty into the mundane.
So, why is this significant? Because some of us live like He is the God of the mundane, but we are the gods of the significant. Or vise versa. I often fall immediately into Him with the significant stuff, realizing I can’t take care of business on my own. But with daily, mundane life, I try to be my own god. I make a list of what I think should be done, and I try to achieve it. I blame myself for failures and beg Him to help me do better. But I don’t look for or expect His beauty throughout the day. I don’t see the importance of homeschooling Abigail for His daily glory. For cleaning the house as a reflection of His provision. I dare not think He cares if I fold the laundry, or believe anything more lovely than the act of crossing it off the list could come from it. So, I de-emphasize these things and think they get in the way of the ministry opportunities that arise. I rush through them to get to the “more important” parts of the day.
The mundane hours, days, weeks, even years, add up to most of our lives. I have been jumping at exciting opportunities but wasting the longer lasting ones. We aren’t alone in this life, and we’re missing so much beauty when we act like we are. He is the all-powerful, all-knowing Savior of the world, and His love will transcend all circumstances, not just the ones we think we can do on our own.