Annie Dillard wrote, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” What if the daily events and interactions of our lives seem pretty ordinary? Does that mean the sum total of our lives will be nothing more than ordinary or mundane? Or is it possible that what happens during the ordinary days of ordinary people could actually lead to an extraordinary life for God?
In the Old Testament Book of Ruth, we find ordinary people carrying out the everyday affairs of life in the face of challenges that life can bring. But the real story in this beautiful book is how God is at work in the midst of the seemingly ordinary. In fact, what happens in Ruth points to and leads directly to the King who redeems us, Jesus Christ. God does his extraordinary work through ordinary people who pursue devotion to him in their everyday lives.
This is just as true for us as it was for those in the Book of Ruth. While it may be hidden from our sight in the present, our loving and faithful God is doing his extraordinary work as we choose loving faithfulness to him in the ordinary affairs of our life. When we do this, how we spend our days leads to a life that is anything but ordinary—a life spent for God’s glory.
May 27 - God’s tide-turning work through our loving devotion - Ruth 1
June 3 - God’s hope-giving work through our selfless generosity - Ruth 2
June 10 - God’s redemptive work through our risk-taking faith - Ruth 3
June 17 - Shannon's final TCBC sermon
June 24 - God’s extraordinary work through our faithful commitment - Ruth 4