We keep looking for God in all the obvious places. Obvious, at least, to the natural eye. But God chooses to be present in blessing where he has promised, in the everyday means that are available to everyone and not just to the spiritual “storm trackers.” We don’t climb up into heaven or descend into the depths to find God. Christ is present where he has promised to be: that’s the argument Paul makes in Romans 10.
If our God is so keen to work in and through the ordinary, maybe we should rethink the way we confine him to theatrical spectacles, whether the pageantry of the Mass or the carefully staged healing crusade. It takes no honor away from God that he uses ordinary—even physical—means to bring about extraordinary results. On the contrary, it underscores the comprehensive breadth of his sovereignty over, in, and within creation as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
To be content with Christ’s kingdom is to be satisfied also with his ordinary means of grace. This is a big one. We have trouble believing that weak things like a fellow sinner speaking in Christ’s name, both judgment and forgiveness, could actually expand Christ’s kingdom throughout the earth. Sure there are sermons. We need good teachers. But surely a growing church needs something more impressive to catch people’s attention than the regular proclamation of and instruction in God’s Word. After all, it’s not by the preaching of the gospel but by living it that we draw people to Christ. Surely doing more in our community will make a larger impact than weekly prayers, especially prayers for the mundane concerns that are common to everyone. At the very least, we need to have ...
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