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Nothing is Ordinary
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Do you ever get the feeling that your life is terribly ordinary? I think we all feel this way at times. Everything in our humanity screams against this ordinariness. We want our lives to count for something.

Living an ordinary life is much worse that living a tragic life. Someone will attribute deep meaning to a tragic life. Someone will write a book about it, make a movie of it. Scholars will comment on the meaning of a life filled with so much pain. But an ordinary life goes unnoticed. No one wants to be just “another one of those.”

The good news is that we’ve been created for more, and the Christmas story gives us hope in the midst of life's ordinary moments.

The Christmas story – that God became a human being in the person of Jesus – gives us great reason to be hopeful. Consider these words from John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” This, in itself, is remarkable. What kind of God condescends to be one of the created? But this is only the beginning. For the next 30 years Jesus lived, by all accounts, a very ordinary life. The Bible says next to nothing about these 30 years. We can only assume that Jesus did what most of us would do: wake up, care for animals, eat breakfast, go to work, pay bills, go home, do errands around the house, and go to bed. Some might even say Jesus wasted his life doing nothing.

Why did he do this? If Jesus' purpose was simply to die for our sins and rise from the dead so we could go to heaven after death, it seems He could have accomplished this in a few weeks or perhaps months. But instead He entered into the full experience of human life, and in so doing redeemed everything! Because of this, nothing in our lives is ordinary anymore. We are not ordinary anymore. Without Christ everything is painfully ordinary. But in Christ “the ordinary is the receptacle of the divine."1

This is the great secret of Christianity; the good news of Christmas. In Christ, whether you are cleaning the house, paying the bills, doing dishes, changing a diaper, mowing the lawn or playing with your children, nothing is ordinary. Every moment is sacred. In Christ there is no wasted time. Everything counts!

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By Ryan Bell. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE ®.


Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy, 14.


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