At Kingsgate over these last few weeks, we’ve been exploring together ‘Healthy Church Life’ through the last few verses of Acts 2. Here we are painted a glorious picture of a devoted community who give themselves wholeheartedly to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, communion and prayer and then, allowing those things to spill out into ever-increasing circles – taking care of the needy, witness and evangelism etc…
However, one of the recurring thoughts I’ve had as I’ve been preparing for some of these messages and also listening to others preaching is how very bread and butter these things are. Nothing we’re talking about is spectacular — these are plain and ordinary aspects of church life together which Christians have practised for the best part of 2000 years. This got me thinking about the bread and butter nature of much of our day-to-day life together as Christians.
The Apostle Paul spoke about this 1 Cor 10:31 when he said: ‘So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God’.
Did you catch the weight of what the apostle Paul said? The Apostle Paul is pushing living for the glory of God right into the most ordinary and mundane thing that you and I do – eating and drinking.
Here on the East Coast of Norfolk and Suffolk (UK) there is much talk at the moment of revivals. We’re drawing close to the 100th year celebration of the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth revival . This was a wonderful and spectacular season of grace where many hundreds of lives were swept into the Kingdom of God. It really was a most wonderful time and something to be longed for again. However, there is a danger that in moments like these, we can read stories of revival and think that revival is the answer to all of our problems. ‘If only God would send a revival then…….’ It’s perceived as the silver bullet of Christian life. However, I want to suggest to you that the Apostle Paul had a much more rounded view of life. He saw wonderful moves of God, incredible healings, demonic oppression fleeing, communities being transformed — yet, he was also able to write to the messy church in Corinth, don’t forget about the bread and butter moments of life, because in those ordinary moments you have the opportunity to glorify God. So it is also true for us that In those slightly dull Mondays and long Wednesdays we have the opportunity to glorify God.
So my plea is that together with many others, we would be praying and longing for great moves of God, but at the same time, we should look to take every moment of every day and make them moments which reflect glory back to God in how we choose to live for him!