An Ordinary Life of Extraordinary Love

By: Kyle French

Do you think of yourself as a creator? Did you know that one of the unique callings that the Lord has called the church to embody is his passion to create, to express his creativity in a multitude of ways, for the glory of his name and the flourishing of humanity? For example, take a look at Jeremiah 29, what do you see? Perhaps, you see that the people of God are called to be “culture creators.” In other words, we are called to live out an inspiring and influential gospel-centered way of life, as we seek to follow Christ. While you may not feel like your life can be characterized as creative, it actually may be more creativethan you think. Consider this, bestselling author Daniel Pink defines creativity as “giving the world something it didn’t know it was missing.” It would not be a stretch to suggest that what the world is missing… is Jesus, as he is “the way, the truth and the light.”[1]Unfortunately, the barriers separating the world from Christ are numerous. But by God’s grace, we have the opportunity to impact the world for the gospel! Each and every one of his people have been called to be influencers for the gospel, within their given context.[2]

Maybe, the trouble is that you believe that your life is to ordinaryto be considered creative. For certainly there is nothing creative about the endless jaunts to and from any and every activity under the sun. Or the countless early mornings, prepping for the daily grind, the day to day that seems to never end. What we may not realize is, that the day-to-day, is where a creative life well-lived can have its greatest impact. For instance, prominent New Testament scholar Michael S. Horton, hopes that believers can rearrange their understanding of what ordinaryreally means. Horton suggests that the church should adopt this definition of ordinary, “Sustainable faith in a radical, relentless world.” Especially, as the attitudes of our hearts might reflect this type of sentiment, “another day, with ordinary callings to ordinary people all around us.”[3]Yet, we have a tendency to fail to realize the severity of our indifference, not only has Christ instructed His followers to “love the Lord your God with all your heart,” but also “with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself,” and to top it off, “[love] your neighbor as yourself.”[4]A love to bestow on our most cherished relationships, even extending all the way out to the most infuriating ones (albeit with extra dabs of grace).For every one of our relationships can have eternal consequences, “for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”[5]

If we can affirm that creativityis “giving the world something it didn’t know it was missing,” then as believers we must be encouraged in the fact that living a life rooted faithfully in the good news of the gospel, is living a life as creative as it gets with salvation at stake! So however you would identify yourself (mother, brother, teacher, motivator, etc.), your ultimate identity is in Christ, and he has called you to go out and create culture for the glory of His name and for the sake of the world. Will you strive to answer the call? To be eager about the ordinary?

[1]John 14:6

[2]1 Peter 2:1-12

[3]Michael S. Horton, Ordinary, 15.

[4]Luke 10:27

[5]2 Corinthians 5:10

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