Seeking God in the Ordinary

Folding laundry, cooking dinner and putting children to bed may seem routine, yet they all offer opportunities to see Christ clearly in the ebb and flow of everyday life.

We are taught to seek God’s presence continually by consciously fixing our minds and hearts on Him (Psalm 105). If we add up the tasks that make up our daily lives, we find that most are ordinary and repeated—hardly what we think of when it comes to mountaintop experiences with God. Preparing food, laundering clothes or stacking dirty dishes can be tiresome and mundane. How we view these tasks day after day often says more about the condition of our hearts than our homes.

Next time, as you fold clothes, think about who will wear them. Pray that they will know God and be a light to others. As you mop up dirty footprints after rambunctious play outside, thank God for the blessing of children and their ability to enjoy His creation. Let washing dishes remind you of the God who cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 9). And when hurriedly picking up the toys, books and games scattered around, think of the guests who will momentarily step through the doors. Pray that they experience the love of God fully. When seen as acts of worship, all our daily tasks become purposeful moments.

Paul instructs in Colossians to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” in whatever we do, because ultimately we are “serving the Lord Christ” (3:23–24 ESV). With this Scripture in mind, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes on ways to use ordinary, everyday moments of life as worship. Let the pattern of daily life lead us into deeper love for the God who created us to work and who Himself never stops working (Genesis 1:27 and John 5:17).

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