Obedience and the Mundane

It seems to me that obedience is found in the mundane and the small things. If we cannot be obedient in the day to day and the little things, then how can we expect to be obedient in the big things? Jesus seems to think so too. In Luke 16:10 He says that whoever is trusted with little can be trusted with much and that makes sense when you think about it. If you cannot handle being obedient with the day to day how can you be trusted with something that requires more of you?

Part of the problem is that daily obedience is hard. Not just because it requires you to keep it up but because there is no applause for daily obedience. I mean we have social media where we can broadcast our obedience, but nobody really cares. You might get some likes, some hearts, maybe a few comments but in reality, it really just doesn’t matter to people. I don’t think it should either and I am just as guilty as anyone else. We want to be seen for our obedience in the mundane and small, but truth be told we should only care that we are being obedient. Not because we want to be trusted with more but so that we are being obedient. If we are only chasing more, we miss something beautiful. We miss the joy of obedience.

There is a joy that comes in mundane obedience because it connects us to the heart of God. When we are obedient to God in the day to day, we get closer to God. When we go about our day doing what is right because it is right, He is present. God tells Abraham that He is Abrahams great and mighty reward. The relationship with God and God Himself is the reward. By being obedient to what God has called us to right now we are looking for Him to be our reward. It’s not glamorous or flashy but it is intimate and that is much better. Sure, we can be open to more. Joseph never stopped wanting to be free, but he was still obedient in the mundane.

Obedience does not mean you pretend either. Be honest with God when you want something different but obedient anyway. If it is hard, tell God it is hard but be obedient anyway. If it scary tell God it is scary, but be obedient anyway. The more you are honest with God the more you draw near to Him and Him to you. Obedience is not about being a mindless zombie but about doing the right thing and drawing close to God when you do it. Mundane obedience is not the most fun you will have but it is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

Just a thought,

Mike

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Old Prayer are not obsolete

One way to help remember the truth of God is to recite old prayers. Some of these prayers have been around for hundreds of years and some for much longer. Some of these prayers are calls to remember, some are confessions of faith, and some are theological statements designed to conform our mental wills to God.

By reciting and praying them we are doing a few things. First, we are joining with millions of other Christians throughout the years who have called on God. We are intentionally giving ourselves over to something bigger than us and connecting ourselves to that thing. We are saying we stand with believers we will never know but confessing that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves. Have you ever quoted a movie you love and watched someone get the reference? Instantly there is a connection because the two of you share an affinity with something beyond your individual selves.

Second, we are conforming our minds to truths that have been passed down for years. We are making prayer statements and sometimes taking the guesswork out what to say when we pray. Sometimes it is hard to be bold in prayer so by joining in and making these statements you are boldly approaching the throne of grace. We give ourselves over to statements and make them our own. We give God room to inhabit the prayer of His people.

All of this is designed to help us remember that God is in us and that He has revealed Himself to us. In praying old prayers and standing with other Christians and we can conform ourselves to that truth. We can be reminded that God is in us working to achieve in us something amazing.

 

Lords Prayer:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

Prayer of St Columba:
Be a bright flame before me, O God
a guiding star above me.
Be a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
today, tonight, and forever.
Alone with none but you, my God
I journey on my way;
what need I fear when you are near,
O Lord of night and day?
More secure am I within your hand
than if a multitude did round me stand.
Amen.

Doxology:
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

Just a thought,

Mike