Their lives matter.
Their jobs matter.
Their relationships matter.
All about them matters and it all matters to God.
Matt Redmond has written the book I wish I could have written on the subject.
I might have failed to write it, but I won’t fail to promote it.
In the American church we place great importance on the big and the successful…“As I look around the landscape of evangelicalism, the world I find myself in, the mundane escapes notice. The ordinary is given lip-service, but overlooked like the garnish on a steak dinner. What the evangelical church really wants is something as large as God Himself, whether personality or performance, workers or windfalls.”
After confessing that he used to preach to fit this model, Matt writes the following;
“Really? Is this the normal Christian life? Is God sitting around waiting for each and every believer to do something monumental? Is this the warp and woof of the New Testament? Are the lifestyles of the Apostles the standard for the persons in the pew? Are the first-century believers the standard? Is this our God? In the economy of God, do only the times when we are doing something life-changing have any spiritual cache with Him? Does He look over the mundane work of the housewife only to see the missions trip she may go on? So, I wondered. I wondered about the great majority I have known and know. The great majority living fairly ordinary lives. Is there a God, for instance, for those who are not changing anything but diapers? Is there a God for those who simply love their spouse and pour out rarely-appreciated affection on their children day after day? Is there a God for the mom who spends what feels like God-forsaken days changing diapers and slicing up hot dogs? Is there a God for the men who hammer out a day’s work in obscurity for the love of his wife and kids? Is there a God for just and kind employers? Generous homemakers? Day-laborers who would look at a missions trip to Romania like it was an unimaginable vacation? Is there a God for the middle-class mom staving off cancer, struggling to raise teenagers and simply hoping both Mom and Dad keep their job? Is there a God for the broken home with a full bank account but an empty bed? Is there a God for grown children tending to the health of their aged parents? Is there a God, who delights in the ordinary existence of the unknown faithful doing unknown work? Is there a God of grace for those who live out their faith everywhere but do not want to move anywhere? Is there a God for those who have bigger homes than me? More money than me? Nicer cars than me? Better health than me? Is there a God for the mundane parts of life, the small moments? Is there a God of kind smiles, good tips and good mornings? Is there a God of goodbye hugs and parting kisses? What about firm, truthful handshakes and grasps of frail fingers in sanitized hospital rooms? Does God care about the forgotten mundane moments between the sensational, those never remembered? Or are those spiritually vacuous moments for which there is no God? Is there a God of the mundane? Does this God I worship care about mundane people and moments?”
Redmond spends the rest of the book answering with an emphatic “YES” to all of the above.
This is not a large book… you could read it in an afternoon, but the truths contained in it will last you for a lifetime.
If I had the money to do so there are two books I’d put in the hands of everyone.
“Knowing God” by Packer…and this one.
One to teach you about the greatness of your God and one to teach you how that great God works through your seemingly ordinary life.
Thank you, Matt.