Out of the Ordinary
Theme of the Week: Your Work Matters
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Key Bible Verse: Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
God is whispering truth and meaning in the most ordinary and small places.
There is a Latin phrase used by the ancient mystics: ubi amor, ibi oculus—"Where there is love, there is seeing." God is love, so he must see everything. As maker and keeper of all people and things, God knows the real value, the eternal significance, of even the most seemingly insignificant work. "With God nothing is empty of meaning," wrote the early church father Irenaeus. There is no job so boring that it would disinterest God, because there is no person whom God does not love and see.
God is whispering truth and meaning in the most ordinary and small places. In fact, those are often the places where God especially shows up. Given what the Bible reveals about how he came to us as a baby and was born into very humble circumstances, it seems clear that God often chooses to show up in middle-of-nowhere places. Remember the times where Jesus reached out to and included the last and least? He chose untrained fishermen to be his disciples—ordinary laborers to deliver the world's greatest message.
So if you work at a seemingly ordinary job, don't let that lead you to believe that it is ordinary to God. God is at work and can be known anywhere.
—John Van Sloten in Every Job a Parable
Adapted from Every Job a Parable ©2017 by John Van Sloten. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Prayer for the Week
God, open my eyes this week to see the ways you are speaking to me through my daily work.
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