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    Radical May be the New Legalism

    July 29, 2019

    What do I mean when I say that radical may be the new legalism? Don’t get me wrong; I’m not advocating lukewarm Christianity. I believe that Jesus is worthy of a lot of passionate love and heartfelt devotion. In fact, Jesus is the most exciting reality of life. His straightforward call to take up my cross daily and follow him is no wish-washy commandment. I love the great stories from the Bible and personal experiences of healings, revivals and miracles.


    Having said that, how does God feel about the ordinary things we take care of every day? Here are some definitions of the word “ordinary”; usual, normal, standard, typical, habitual, everyday, regular, routine. We get up and go to work, take care of children, clean our homes, pay our bills, show up to church, spend time with friends and family, exercise, have devotions, spend time in prayer, etc. Without these “routines”, our lives would fall apart from lack of structure.


    Jesus spent more than thirty years of his life in “ordinary” circumstances. He lived with his parents and several siblings in the small town of Nazareth. He worked as a carpenter. He was taken to temple (church) regularly to worship and was taught the scriptures. Jesus loved God as a child and at age 12, he said this amazing thing to his frantic parents who had been looking for him for three days: “Didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s house?”


    On the day Jesus was baptized God said this to him “You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased” (Luke 2:22). Before Jesus did any miracles, teachings and healings, He filled God’s heart with pleasure through “ordinary” days filled with family, work and obedience to God.
    We are a restless society, always looking for some new excitement, the latest gadget, how to have the best life, make the most money, reverse aging and on it goes. Words like cutting edge, radical, emergent, breakthrough and dynamic, are commonly used words in church life calling us to bigger and better versions of Christianity. Many Christians are constantly searching for Jesus in the next conference, the charismatic preacher, or the latest and greatest worship song.

    Maybe Jesus is at your house, sitting on the couch, enjoying some family time with you and your loved ones while you make dinner and bathe the kids. We need to be careful that we don’t pull the roots out of our daily lives by constantly searching for bigger and better. If we are going to do “great things” for God, we need to be patient and maybe learn to do the “ordinary” things better.


    The real message here is that what we call ordinary, God calls sacred. We are called to live a life of loving obedience to God.

    “Whatever you do, do it ALL for the GLORY of God.“ 1 Corinthians 10:31

    If our motives are pure, then nothing is ordinary.

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