As we pass another
resurrection weekend I find myself pondering what must have been going through the minds of the disciples so many years ago. Acts 1:3 tells us that Jesus remained on earth for 40 days after His resurrection and in that time, appeared to them, teaching them about the kingdom and giving much proof of the reality of the unexpected event that had taken place. This must have been an exciting time for the disciples, their minds spinning with all the possible implications of the resurrection. After the 40 days the disciples must have finally mustered up the courage to ask, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of Israel?” (Acts 1:6 italics mine).
Isn’t it true that the miraculous often slides right into the ordinary, the monotonous, the daily task of living? As we come out of Easter our greatest question is, how do we move forward? As moms, dads, engineers, politicians, personal trainers, teachers, lawyers, or anything else, how do we go about living life and serving our King when just living seems to take up so much time? While I don’t have the perfect answer to this tough question, I think the simple answer is live the ordinary with intention. I think that one of our biggest challenges is that we just live life as it comes, trying to make it from the moment our head lifts from the pillow to the time it falls gently back down to it again. In other words, our days just happen, they come to us based on all that “has” to be done.
To paraphrase, Jesus’ response was, “That’s up to God. I’ll give you the Holy Spirit, now go be my witnesses,” and with that Jesus literally lifts into the sky leaving them standing there with mouths wide open (at least in my imagination). So, after all these amazing and miraculous events suddenly Jesus is gone and for the next nine days the disciples stayed up in a room waiting for what was to come. I’m fascinated by this because what we see next is the launching of God’s Church into the world. But as we watch all the following events take place one thing can be easy to miss. To me one of the most challenging tasks for all believers is the transition from the gloriously miraculous to the simple question, “Now what?...This glorious thing has happened to me but tomorrow I have to wake up, go to work, provide for my family, cook meals, clean up after the kids, get them to school, etc. etc. etc. How do I do all this and that which Jesus has asked of me? How can I be a witness?” Even if we say that the disciples didn’t have to think this way because they became “professional clergy”, what about the 3,000 that came to faith nine days later in Acts 2:41?
So what if, when we run to the store to pick up the milk we ran out of, we simply lift up our heads to give a smile to the cashier and ask how their day is? What if, while we sit waiting for the oil in our car to be changed we strike up a conversation with one of the other poor souls at the mercy of the shop? What if we open our eyes to the Muslim girl working at the counter and ask her to coffee to find out more about her country and religion. What if that could be the perfect opportunity to share Jesus with her? What if, while you are making dinner you double the portion and take it to your neighbor and tell them you’re glad they are there and you wanted to bless them tonight? For most of us we won’t be missionaries or another Billy Graham. For most of us it’s bringing the extraordinary into the ordinary and simply asking the question, “How can I bear witness today?” Darren McClintock Interim Pastor