Christ in the Simple Things

I love seeing Christ in things that aren’t considered “spiritual”. Like reading an Ernest Hemingway novel, for say (I will soon be writing a post on how I saw Christ in Hemingway’s ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’). Or listening to your favorite, non-Christian, band. Or, just walking down the street kicking a can. We get so caught up in so-called “spiritual activities” that we can actually miss Christ in the day-to-day of life.

We can be so concerned with our theologies, our doctrines, our daily Bible readings, and church activities that we can actually miss what God is saying to us! In my opinion, God can found more times than not, in the day-to-day, mundane, of modern life than He ever can in our systematic theologies, our Bible studies, and our striving to learn, learn, learn. (This is just my opinion though)

Don’t get me wrong, I love studying Scripture, reading theological books, learning, studying church history, church activities, and all that comes along with that. But what I’m saying is that there is so much more to Christ than just theologies, than just Scripture, than just doctrines and teachings. He is in heaven at the right hand of God, but He is also living inside of us. He came out of heaven from the Father, and ate bread amongst us, drank wine and water, breathed air, and yes, even worked as a carpenter! So Jesus Christ is in those things just as much (if not more) than the spiritual things.

If we choose to look for Christ in all things, even the mundane and boring, than we are sure see Him.

Just some thoughts. Do you have any?

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  1. Michael,

    Apply what you just said to Philippians 4:8, and I think it would be closer to what Paul was saying. He was saying to look for the true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and excellent in the things around you. He wasn’t telling us to limit what we looked at (per se) but to look for God in all things.

    What do you think?

    Alan

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    1. For some reason this comment was in my spam folder….(?) But thankfully I found it. 🙂

      I agree. Christ is all and in all…that means in my coffee, in my day at work, even in my drive home from work. He’s not all super natural and heavy emotional doses, He is right here, right now.

      Thanks for commenting, brother 🙂

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  2. Makes sense bro! It’s a matter of focus and perspective. Our focus is to have our minds on things above, which seems to indicate not to have our eyes in the clouds but our eyes on Jesus in the everyday realities of life. Our perspective is to have our hearts on seeing Christ in others and circumstances of life in order to hear Him and be taught by Him. some thoughts anyway. Blessings bro!

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  3. Now thats what I’m talking bout bro! ThLe spiritual man searces all things, revealing Christ in every aspect of life, cause He is every aspect of Life! Thanks for that word, tis true….

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  4. Christ is in all and through all, right? The body made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. Bam. Go Jesus.

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  5. I hear what you’re saying– I think about this with strangers I see or meet on a given day. Sometimes I believe I “see” Christ in them just by a thoughtful gesture when someone opens a door for me or a pleasant smile as I pass someone on the street. The simple things….:)

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    1. It’s often times what makes life so beautiful. One second you are overwhelmed at work, at home, mentally, then you see a tree and you think, “Jesus is like this tree, I’m like this leaf on Him” and the Peace that He is comes. Love that!

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