And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
It’s hard for some of us to imagine that our everyday actions have an impact on the kingdom of God. It is all too common for believers to dismiss the mundane parts and pieces that make up the majority of our lives as insignificant. It may even seem a bit ridiculous to us that He cares about how many emails we send, or loads of laundry we finish, or diapers changed…but He does. Or, more accurately, He cares about the heart with which we complete those activities.
The truth is that God isn’t impressed by our grand gestures: He is infatuated with our pursuit of Him in the mundane.
We live in an age significantly influenced by image. Our homes, social media pages, job titles, paychecks, dreintod even our weekly church attendance put us on display. We buy in to the enemy’s deception and worry more about the display of our feathers than the health of our hearts.
Steve Furtick once wrote, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
Jesus addressed this topic when speaking to the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23.
(25) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. (26) Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
(27) Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. (28) In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
The choice with which we are faced is quite simple: we can live out our lives focused on maintaining the approval and acceptance of other humans or we can do so dedicated to giving every corner of our hearts to God.
So, what does that actually look like in our lives?
- Maybe it’s changing every diaper with a thankful heart for the gift of your child.
- Maybe it’s sending that 452nd email with humility, asking the Father for the right words and spirit.
- Perhaps it’s writing that $25 tithe check with gratitude for and trust in God’s provision for your family even when you aren’t really sure how that electric bill will be paid.
- It may even be driving that last mile home, exhausted, through horrible traffic, all the while praying for your spouse and asking the Father to help you love greatly the moment you walk in the door.
- If you’re like me, it may mean looking in the mirror and accepting the person your Savior sees every day instead of criticizing who you think you should be.
It’s not easy, this messy life of ours. This is why we are reminded to not give up, to not grow weary, and that it will all be worth it in the end.
My prayer for you, today, is that you spend more time and energy focused on the internal and much less on the external. Believe me when I tell you that when your heart is centered on the beautiful and perfect things of Jesus, the superficial stuff will take care of itself.