The Ministry of the Mundane

Sometimes we imagine that life with God will be filled with fireworks, drama, mountain-top experience and power-house inspiration.  But sometimes life with God is just mundane.  And that’s good news, because that’s where most of us live, most of the time.

When Jesus illustrated what life in the kingdom of God looks like, he took child in arms, and he said words to this effect: “Give yourselves to people who can bring you no status or clout—you need to help people like this because If you don’t your life will be thrown away on an idiotic contest to see who is top-dog.  But the greatest in the kingdom are those who serve without regard for acclaim.  Learn to serve people who don’t bring you status or clout and you will begin to understand how life in kingdom of God works.

 (Luke 22:22-24, my very loose, amplified paraphrase)  

In addition to addressing the upside-down nature of authority in the kingdom of God, I think Jesus is also affirming the value of the ministry of the mundane.

The ministry of the mundane knocks on our door countless times each day.  A co-worker asks for help on a project.  Someone’s car stalls on side of the road. Your child asks you to put down the remote and to play or to read a book.  You vacuum the house, feed the kids, rake the leaves, or make the bed, and it all seems so mundane that you don’t expect God to show up.  But God does show up in those acts of loving service. And he uses those acts to convey his loving ways to others.

Mundane ministry is not easy in a me-first society where celebrities and power-brokers are worshiped.  Mundane ministry is counterintuitive, but according to Jesus it’s great.  Being available to people, accepting them, bearing their burdens, and loving them in small acts of service matters a great deal.  Those acts might seem obscure, and they may not count much on world’s scale of significance, but they weigh heavy on God’s scale of significance.

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About chris breuninger

I love life, my family, and Jesus. I enjoy live music, rigorous exercise, thoughtful movies, and strong coffee. I study scripture, wine, and people. I get frustrated with narrow minds, Christian stereotypes, and gardening. My vocation is pastor, but I’m hesitant to admit that, and I’m happy when people are surprised by that.
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